— FOX19 (@FOX19) May 26, 2014
Brogan Dulle, a 21-year-old University of Cincinnati student reported missing May 18, was found dead Monday night in an abandoned building, police said. The news of Dulle’s death comes after his family called off volunteer searchers after more than a week. Dulle’s death has been ruled a suicide.
Here’s what you need to know about the developing story:
1. His Body Was Found in an Abandoned Building Monday Night
— FOX19 (@FOX19) May 27, 2014
According to Cinncinati’s WLWT, Dulle’s body was found in an abandoned building Monday night.
The Hamilton County Coroner was called in to an abandoned building at 173 East McMillan Street at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
2. His Body Was Discovered Next Door to His Home
— Cameron Price (@CPrice_Is_Right) May 27, 2014
Police said the abandoned building where Dulle’s remains were found is next door to Dulle’s home. The owner of the building discovered the body. Cincinnati police say a crowbar was found at the building which was probably used to force entry, along with a bottle of wine, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Officers said the owner of the building reported something suspicious at the home at about 9 p.m.
Local 12 News reported:
Chief Blackwell described the initial call appearing to be a, “burglary in progress.” Upon further investigation by police they were able to determine there was a deceased male in the building.
3. The Coroner’s Report Shows Dulle Took His Own Life
Praying for his family and friends. Sad story smh R.I.P Brogan Dulle pic.twitter.com/l1MWE0t0pm
— Jermaine Sanders (@Maine15_UC) May 27, 2014
Police say Dulle climed the fire escape of the building adjacent to his apartment and made his way into the basement where he hung himself. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco confirmed Dulle committed suicide by hanging himself.
Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief Dave Bailey said there wasn’t much to indicate Dulle’s death would be a suicide throughout the investigation, saying Dulle might have been, “confused about life’s direction, but certainly nothing to indicate this type of behavior.”
4. Dulle Disappeared While Looking For His Phone
Police say they have not yet recovered the phone Dulle reportedly lost and went to look for when he was last seen on May 18 at roughly 3 a.m. The outside of the building in which Dulle was found had been canvased by search parties but the inside of the building was not searched. Dulle was found at 173 E. McMillan St., pictured in the map above, is owned by The Global Medical Services LLC, according to police records. Cincinnati Police Chief Jerry Blackwell said authorities did all they could to find Dulle, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
5. The News of Dulle’s Suicide Has Spread on Twitter
my heart is broken to hear about another suicide so close to us. RIP Brogan Dulle, may his family be able to get through this hardship 😔
— meg☾ (@meganfitch_) May 27, 2014
Breaks my heart to hear of another suicide committed by a young person. Hope this makes people aware of this abundant problem. #BroganDulle
— Em (@emmacostello1) May 27, 2014
There was never a dull moment with Brogan. My heart breaks for his family. He will be greatly missed. #RIPBrogan
— Megan Brenner (@mbrenner12) May 27, 2014
Fellow students, friends, and those who simply followed the story of Dulle’s disappearance are expressing their grief on Twitter as the news travels of Dulle’s death. One of the volunteers searching for Dulle, Hannah Cunningham, said:
I think it is good we found out. It is better than not knowing. All of this is so sad. I hope people learn from this. I don’t know what caused him to do this, but you gotta take care of each other.
No parent should ever have to bury their own child. Just goes to show what a cruel and messed up world we live in. #RIPBrogan
— Chance Collier (@TakeACHANCEOnEm) May 27, 2014