Created on Tuesday, 27 May 2014 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CINCINNATI (AP) — A body found in a vacant building is believed to be a Cincinnati college student who has been missing for more than a week, police said.
Lt. Martin Mack told The Associated Press the body was found around 9 p.m. Monday in a multi-unit building that is being rehabbed. He said the Hamilton County coroner is expected to officially determine if it is University of Cincinnati sophomore Brogan Dulle, and the cause of death.
Dulle's family issued a statement early Tuesday saying they were told the 21-year-old is dead. They thanked the Cincinnati community for the "love, prayers, support" and time given to them.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported (cin.ci/1jUtco5) that the body was found hanging in the basement of a building next door to where Dulle lived in the Mt. Auburn neighborhood. No note was found.
Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell told the newspaper that the landlord was at the building and noticed something suspicious. "We had a deceased male in the building that appears to be from a self-inflicted act," Blackwell said.
More than 1,000 volunteers helped try to find Dulle, who was last seen around 2 a.m. May 18 after leaving his apartment to look for his missing cellphone. About $20,000 in rewards was being offered for information leading to his whereabouts.
Dulle was studying to be a teacher and worked at the Cincinnati Zoo. He also was a local swimming coach.