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Building where Brogan Dulle was found had broken window

MT. AUBURN, Ohio (Rich Jaffe) -- After eight days of searching, the body of a 21-year-old U.C. student is now in the hands of the Hamilton County Coroner.

The coroner says Brogan Dulle died as a result of asphyxiation caused by hanging.  It has been ruled a suicide.  Dulle's body was discovered Monday night just after 9p.m. when the owner of the building on East McMillan went into the basement and saw what she thought was an intruder.

Local 12 News' Rich Jaffe reports with a look at a case that touched the hearts of many in the community.  Brogan Dulle lived in an apartment building on East McMillan.  His body was found right next door in the basement of another building close by.  Investigators now believe that he went into the building early in the morning of Sunday, May 18th, hanged himself, and was there the entire time the community was searching for him.

There are things about the hours right before Brogan Dulle disappeared that police know for fact.  There are also many troubling things they will never know.  Investigators now believe that the night he disappeared, after partying with friends, Brogan Dulle went searching for his cell phone.  They have that on surveillance video.  Police say they now believe he may have returned to his apartment and retrieved two unusual items, a crow bar and a bottle of wine.
They think he then scaled up the fire escape in the back of a neighboring building, meticulously broke out a top floor window, made his way down to the basement and killed himself.  For days, searchers and police walked around and past the building; noticing nothing out of place.

Assistant Chief Dave Bailey of the Cincinnati Police Department dais, "When you look at this building....I tell you I walked behind it, in front of it, beside it....looked at appeared there was people in there so...There wasn't no obvious breach so we could tell somebody could have made entry...In fact there's glass block windows in the basement and it does appear people are working on it."

Police tell Rich Jaffe they believe that Brogan Dulle was alone when he killed himself.  They don't believe anyone else was involved.  They also said that being a swimmer and a swim coach Dulle was physically in such good shape that he was able to make his way up the back of the building.
At this point no one can say why he killed himself.

There was a huge outpouring from the community after Dulle disappeared.  A vigil is set for Tuesday night at the Cincinnati Zoo and it begins at 7:30p.m. 

U.C. President Santa Ono has closely followed the search for Dulle, often posting comments on his Twitter account.

Tuesday he released an official statement from the university saying, "Brogan was part of our university family, and our hearts are heavy with the news of this devastating loss.  On behalf of the University of Cincinnati, I want to express our deepest condolences to his parents, siblings, family and friends.  Our thoughts and prayers are with all who knew and loved him.  I also want to extend my admiration and appreciation to the caring and dedicated corps of volunteers and law enforcement officials who never gave up hope.  The outpouring of support and sympathy from the broader community has been truly humbling.  To assist and support our campus community during this difficult time, grief counselors are available at the University's Office of Counseling & Psychological Services at 513-556-0648 and 513-556-0034." 

The University of Cincinnati community will come together for a memorial for Dulle Wednesday night at 9p.m. on the steps of the Tangeman University Center.

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