A back alley where surveillance video showed Ryan Uhre walking into on the night of February 2, 2014.
Tallahassee, Florida (Tallahassee.com) -- An autopsy on the body of Ryan Uhre will be performed today.
23-year-old Weston native and former Florida State student's body was found in a building in the 100 block of West College Avenue, between
Adams and Duval streets, by investigators Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday morning, the Tallahassee Police Department was at the building meeting
with media from South Florida and walking through the alleyway Uhre was
spotted in that night.
Surveillance footage from two
cameras on the east side of the building showed Uhre walking in the
alley the night of Feb. 2, according to Officer David Northway,
spokesman for TPD. Northway added that he has no information as to
whether or not Uhre was alone or with anybody else at the time.
Northway said he did not know whether Uhre was walking in or walking out of the alley.
"He was in the alleyway, I'm not sure if he walking in or walking out of the alleyway," Northway said.
The alley, which serves as a back exit to downtown restaurants, runs
along the east side of the building to a dead end. In that dead end are
various garbage cans and pieces of plywood, as well as a metal staircase
leading to a boarded-up second floor door. Cigarette butts, liquor
bottles and beer bottles are strewn about.
Halfway up the
stairwell, a weathered piece of plywood serves as a barrier to the door.
On the board is a white spray-painted warning: "Danger do not enter no
floor." Just beyond is the rest of the stairwell leading up to the
boarded-up door. "Caution do not enter no floor!!" a red spray-painted
The vacant building is owned by the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation. It was given to the nonprofit in 2006 by a donor with the intention the foundation would sell the property and use the proceeds for the mission of the hospital.
Warren Jones, spokesman for THM Foundation, said the building has been vacant since it was acquired in 2006 and it does not have a second floor.
"It was gutted," Jones said. "It's four walls and a roof. The building is a shell."
Jones added that after the building was gutted, braces were placed inside the structure to shore up the integrity of the walls.
Officer Northway did not elaborate about the role the building's
condition may have played in Uhre's death.
of where Mr. Uhre was located in the building is not something I can
discuss at this time because they case is an active, ongoing
investigation," Northway said.
The same building caught
fire in March of 2012, according to Lt. Mike Bellamy, spokesman for the
Tallahassee Fire Department. Firefighters were able to quickly
extinguish that fire near the front door of the building. Damage to the
building was estimated at $1,000. The cause, said Bellamy, was "a poorly
Jones said that after the fire, "we further secured the building and put boards on all of the windows and secured the front door. We've heard nothing since."
He said the foundation was evaluating the building, which is not on the market at this time, and also extended condolences to the Uhre family.
The surveillance footage led
investigators to the building Tuesday morning. Police found Uhre's body
when looking through an open window, just above the adjacent hair salon,
Randazzles, Northway said. He would give no more details as to where
Uhre's body was found and whether it appeared injured.
reason for that is because if this, God forbid, turns out to be a
homicide there will be two people would know why Mr. Uhre was where he
was in the building," Northway said. "That would be Mr. Uhre and the
person who did the crime."
A cause of death has still not
been determined and police still have no evidence of foul play, Northway
said, but the investigation is continuing.
Northway said he does not have any information as to where Uhre would have entered the building or why.
"I do not have any specifics as to how Mr. Uhre got into the building," Northway said.
Northway continually cited the ongoing investigation as the reason why no more information has been released thus far.
has been a tragedy for our city and it's also very upsetting to all of
us who are working this case," Northway said. "What we're asking is for
some time to be able to make sure that we come to the correct answer."
night before Uhre's body was found, police sent out a press release of a
man walking in downtown Tallahassee. The man is not a suspect in the
case, but police think he may lead to answers.
"He is not a
suspect, he was someone who was walking in the downtown area, captured on the cameras, and simply someone that we were hoping may have seen
Mr. Uhre walking around," Northway said.
Northway said he does not know the direction he was walking or on what street he was walking on.
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