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Search for missing FSU student leads investigators to So. Fla.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Friends of a missing Florida State University student from South Florida took to the streets of Fort Lauderdale Sunday, handing out flyers as investigators continued to follow a trail of tips that led them from Tallahassee to Broward County.

Twenty-three-year-old Ryan Uhre, has been missing since last Sunday. According to his family, he disappeared one week ago in Tallahassee.

Mark Weiss, who has known Uhre for about eight years, canvassed Downtown Fort Lauderdale with a few of his friends, posting flyers with the missing student's picture at various businesses. "We're just trying to find some answers," he said.

Weiss said he and Uhre went to St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale together and were on the same wrestling team before the 23-year-old moved to Tallahassee to attend FSU. "A group of 10, 12 of us would go longboarding downtown Las Olas [Boulevard]; we'd go to the beach together," he said. "We would do random stuff like, if it was raining one day, the whole wrestling team would go play Frisbee in the rain."

Weiss said his friend was in high spirits when he last saw him. "It was my brother Paul's birthday, and he was more energetic than I've ever seen him," he said.

On Saturday, Uhre's father, Mike Uhre, talked with 7News in Wilton Manors, where he and police officers handed out flyers at and around Rosie's Bar and Grill after, he said, he received a tip that led them there. "It's unfathomable, it's heartbreaking," he said. "His phone has been turned off. There has been no contact with family or friends since Sunday night."

Mike Uhre said his son went missing on Super Bowl Sunday and was last seen at a bar in Tallahassee, where he is currently residing. He said Ryan graduated from FSU in December but continued to take a class there this semester.

According to Mike Uhre, what led authorities to Broward County involved his son's cell phone. "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," he said.

Several agencies are involved in the investigation, including Tallahassee and FSU's police departments. Social media sites are also spreading the word about Ryan Uhre's mysterious disappearance.

A young woman snapped a photograph of one of the flyers posted in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. "I just wanted to take a picture to post it on Facebook and other social media," said Tiffany Ward. "When someone in our community is missing, I think it's all our responsibility to do what we can and spread the word."

"He's a very smart kid. He plans on being a lawyer. He is part of a fraternity in Tallahassee," said Mike Uhre. That fraternity, Alpha Delta Phi, stated they are also searching for Ryan.

"The way I look at it is, if I went missing, I would want someone to go [through] hell and high water trying to find me," said Weiss. "I'm going to try my hardest to do anything I can to find him."

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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