Family and friends of missing Florida State University graduate Ryan Uhre held a vigil to raise the visibility of the 23-year-old’s case on Sunday night with a prayer vigil two weeks after he disappeared.
Uhre was reported missing on Feb. 7 and was last seen Super Bowl Sunday at a Tallahassee bar, the Sun Sentinel reported. Michael Uhre said Tallahassee police have no evidence so far indicating foul play in his son's disappearance.
"It gives us tremendous hope," Michael Uhre said. "This is something I've never experienced and I pray in anyone's life they never experience."
Ryan Uhre’s family held a news conference on Saturday in Tallahassee, where they pleaded for anyone with knowledge of the missing FSU grad’s disappearance to come forward.
“Someone has to know something, his face is everywhere. He didn’t just disappear, he’s somewhere,” his father told the Tallahassee Democrat. “So we’re begging you as his family, please help. …He’s a son, he’s a brother, he’s a grandson, he’s a cousin, he’s a nephew. He has a family that really wants him to come back and wherever he is, if anyone knows anything, please, call the police.”
Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo, who briefed the family on the case and attended the news conference, said “We felt it was a good time to make sure the case continues and progresses, to make a public plea for help and assistance to keep the community involved and aware of the case.”
Andy Ball, organizer of the prayer vigil on Fort Lauderdale Beach, attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School with Ryan Uhre. More than 100 people attended the vigil. Ryan Uhre is a native of Weston, Fla., in Broward County and is an intern for a Florida state elected official in Weston. His family said that he was planning to go to law school.
“When I first heard of his disappearance I didn’t know what to think I just wanted to find him,” Ball told CBS Miami.
Michael Uhre was optimistic that his son would be found alive.
"We're gonna find Ryan, we're gonna bring him home," he said, according to NBC Miami. "Ryan, your family needs you to come home. … There's a lot of people that care about Ryan and we're just trying to find someone that has some little clue. Because after talking to police, at this point it comes down to a tip...my gut tells me I think he's alive. That's what we're really hoping."
A Facebook page, Find Ryan Uhre, was set up to provide updates on the missing FSU graduate’s case and to urge anyone with information on his disappearance to come forward. The page has more than 7,700 likes.
Anyone with information on Ryan Uhre’s case was urged to call 850-606-5800.