Ryan Uhre Dies From Accidental Fall

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Ryan Uhre, the legislative aide from Weston found dead in an abandoned building in Tallahassee, died from an accidental fall, according to preliminary autopsy results released.

The body of the 23-year-old was found Feb. 18 not far from where he was last seen three weeks earlier, according to Tallahassee police.

Uhre apparently fell from a second floor window inside a downtown building that had no second floor, according to Officer Scott Beck, a police spokesman. Beck said that the Leon County Medical Examiner indicated the injuries he sustained in the plunge were not survivable.

"At this time, it is believed Mr. Uhre was alone when this terrible accident occurred but the final report will not be complete until all data is reviewed, including toxicology reports," the police department said in a statement.

Uhre, who had just begun working as a legislative intern for State Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston, was a recent Florida State University graduate who had plans to go to law school, his family said. He was also a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale.

After he was reported missing on Feb. 7, family and friends handed out fliers bearing his photo in Tallahassee and South Florida and created a Facebook page, Find Ryan Uhre, that attracted more than 8,000 likes.

Beck said that Uhre apparently climbed up to the second-floor window despite warning signs indicating the danger. He fell onto a concrete floor and likely died within minutes, said Beck.

A memorial mass for Uhre was held Sunday at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Davie.

He is survived by his father Michael Uhre, his mother Patricia Uhre, a brother, Alex, paternal grandmother Jane Uhre, maternal grandparents Ernest and Glenda Zappile, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends, according to his family.

Sun Sentinel is SFGN’s media partner.


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