Although he was determined by the coroner to have died from asphyxiation and was found hanging in the basement of an apartment complex near his home with a bottle of wine near him, the idea that he did it to himself is hard to fathom.
Shortly before a video shows him running up the street chasing after his friends that were pushing a grocery cart. It was apparent they were joking around after leaving a bar early in the morning. Brogan was 21 and was not driving and neither was his friends at that time. How much they had drank was unknown, but in the video none of them seem to be that inebriated and were able to run up the street without going off course.
After they headed back home with the grocery cart, Brogan realized his cell phone was missing and using a flashlight (which is also seen in a video) searched the street for it. I’m sure he thought he lost it while running up the street after his friends. He searched alone as his friends decided to drive to Taco Bell. The restaurant was closed but the drive up window was open so they needed the car in order to get any food.
That same surveillance camera that showed Brogan running up the street with his friends, shows Brogan again searching for his phone with a flashlight, before he left the field of view and went missing.
How did Brogan go from searching for his cell phone to killing himself?
The police have a theory that Brogan went back to his apartment to get a bottle of wine and a crowbar that he used to get inside the apartment.
But there is so many unanswered questions still. Can his friends verify that there was a bottle of wine in the apartment? And why would a crowbar that normally would be found in a car, that his friends were driving (assuming that crowbar belong to that car) at that time, be inside the apartment? Did Brogan ask his friends to bring back some food for him from Taco Bell?
Sadly, Brogan evidently was in the apartment the whole time the search was going on. I noted earlier in my writing that the police were going above and beyond with their search for him and was doing everything right, including getting the media involved. I also noted that it was an unusual move for most police departments.
Is it possible that his parents knew he might be suicidal and told the police but told no one else, leading to the authorities rapid and aggressive search for him?
It is possible. I have seen it before where parents hold back information, like mental issues or past times a loved one has disappeared so the public and media will not ignore their cry for help. But, once known I have not seen the police hold back that information and actually will reveal it to relay the urgency and need to find someone.
Was Brogan depressed and no one knew?
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
- Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawn or feeling isolated.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
Additional Warning Signs of Suicide
- Preoccupation with death.
- Suddenly happier, calmer.
- Loss of interest in things one cares about.
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye.
- Making arrangements; setting one’s affairs in order.
- Giving things away, such as prized possessions.
But, we do know that Brogan did hold down a job and functioning like most all of us do, and from everything I read he was a well-liked young man, which is something that is hard to be if you are depressed.
It is also known that most people before they commit suicide will do things like leave their purse or wallet and their cell phone at home and give away animals or personal belongings. Brogan left his wallet and keys behind, but he was searching for his cell phone. He didn’t go to Taco Bell with his friends, he instead got a flashlight and went searching for his cell phone, just like he told his friends he was going to do. Not go get a flashlight and crowbar and rope and go to the apartment next door. There is only a flashlight in Brogan’s hand per the video.
Now the authorities have to figure out where Brogan found a rope and maybe it will help lead to an answer why this young man was running down the street with his friends without a care in the world just hours before and the next so depressed he kills himself.
Previous story after this video:
UPDATE: 5/23/14 – First thing this morning I watched the press conference by Assistant police Chief James Whalen. A very, very interesting press conference that everyone who is interested in missing person cases should watch. He clearly and systematically outlined what authorities knew about missing Brogan. He did not hold anything back and showed no secrecy or arrogance. And there seems to be no foul-play in this case, but the authorities are out in full force looking for him.
It is not very often that you hear a press conference about a missing university student, especially a male missing university student.
A reporter asked Whalen, why all the attention, (from the police chief, no less) and Whalen doesn’t really give what I would consider a satisfying answer.
So why, is all this attention being given to Brogan, which I wish could be given to a lot of other people. I think that there are many things in place that are causing this.
Social media has been pushing this story since he went missing. Brogan’s parents and relatives knew how to hit the ground running through social media. Authorities know that this story is getting a lot of attention from the social media and the state of Ohio admits after the discovery of the three missing teens who had been locked in Castro’s house for years, they needed to work on their investigating of missing persons. The media comes out in full force to cover the story, but also to ask why the police are covering what is likely a no-foul play case. The University of Cincinnati, a respected organization has put up a large reward and they are looking for answers to what happen to Brogan. Giving the Brogan family backing that can’t be ignored. Simply, all the stars aligned in this case.
Whalen is the lead on this and how it will be handled and shows what the lead of a police organization needs to do when there is a missing person, unlike what the police chief in Washington DC did with missing Relisha Rudd.
Kudos to the Cincinnati police.
Previous story: Brogan Dulle, 21, a student at the University of Cincinnati was last seen Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Clifton Heights at The St. Clair and Mac’s Pizza Pub. He left around 2 a.m. to go home to his apartment on East McMillan Street, but turned around to go back when he realized he didn’t have his cell phone. He went missing after that. The cell phone company stated that the phone was turned off at 1:50 a.m.
Brogan is a swim coach at Mercy HealthPlex and Turpin Hills swim clubs and he did not show up for work the following Monday.
Dulle is 6 feet tall, weighs 145 pounds and has blonde hair and blue eyes. He wears glasses.
His parents, Tom and Beth Dulle, released this statement Tuesday evening:
“We would like to thank everyone who has searched, posted, shared or tweeted in our efforts to find Brogan, including those who love him and know what a wonderful and caring young man he is. We also want to thank the many complete strangers who are working so hard to help find Brogan. The kindness and love shared by so many is helping us tremendously during this difficult time. We are hopeful that Brogan will be found safe and soon. We miss him and love him very much. Brogan if you see this, nothing matters but getting you home. Please reach out to any of us, mom, dad, siblings, aunts, uncles or cousins. We are all here for you.”