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New tip in search of missing FSU student leads officials to So. Fla.

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WILTON MANORS, Fla. (WSVN) -- A new clue in the search of a Florida State University student, who has been missing since last week, has lead detectives closer to his South Florida home.

FSU student, Ryan Uhre, 23, has been missing since last Sunday. According to his family, he disappeared on Feb. 2, at a bar in Tallahassee. "It's unfathomable, it's heartbreaking," said Uhre's father Mike Uhre. "His phone has been turned off. There has been no contact with family or friends since Sunday night."

Mike Uhre said he knew something was wrong when he did not hear from his son after a few days. "My younger son, they are in contact all the time, and he wasn't replying to his calls or texts, so at that point, by Thursday, we were definitely worried," he said.

He said Uhre did not show up to work or to his internship this week, and his friends have not heard from him either. He contacted police Wednesday, and FSU police immediately put out a missing person bulletin.

Uhre graduated from FSU in December, but continues to take a class there this semester. "He's a very smart kid. He plans on being a lawyer. He is part of a fraternity in Tallahassee," said Uhre's father.

His Alpha Delta Phi fraternity brothers are also looking and praying for Uhre.

Prior to attending FSU, Uhre graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas High School with Mark Weiss. "We're just trying to find some answers," Weiss said.

When Uhre moved to Tallahassee, both he and Weiss stayed in close contact. "We'd go to the beach together. We would do random stuff like if it was raining one day, the wrestling team would go play Frisbee in the rain," Weiss said.

On Thursday, police received the biggest clue in Uhre's disappearance, leading them to Broward County. "They were able to determine that on Thursday, they believe it was Thursday morning around lunch time, his phone was turned on and off and it pinged from the Pompano Beach area," said Uhre's father.

Family and friends have since been spreading the word on social media and handing out flyers. "We got a response on the Facebook that someone had possibly seen him last evening at this particular bar," said Uhre's father.

Saturday afternoon, police went to Rosie's Bar and Grill in Wilton Manors to ask patrons and workers if they had seen Uhre. "It's difficult, and his little brother ... he doesn't know what to do," said Uhre's father. "We are going to continue looking."

On Monday, State Representative Richard Stark released a statement that read in part, "I share concerns of family and friends over the disappearance of legislative intern, Ryan Uhre, who was recently assigned to work in my Tallahassee legislative office."

Stark went on to say, "In the few days that Ryan has worked with us, he demonstrated exemplary knowledge and performance in all of his tasks."

A Facebook page entitled "Find Ryan Uhre" has also been created.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Ryan Uhre, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.


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