The empty 1920s building is owned by TMH Foundation.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- On the night Ryan Uhre was last seen or heard from Feb. 2, he was spotted in an alleyway adjacent to the building where his body was discovered Tuesday morning.
On Wednesday, less than 24 hours after the announcement that Uhre's body was found, media from South Florida parked in front of the building and walked down that same alley where the Weston native was spotted on surveillance cameras.
Police only know Uhre was in the alley that night but still don't know what brought the former Florida State student there, according to Officer David Northway, spokesman for the Tallahassee Police Department.
Northway could not say whether Uhre was with anyone while on surveillance or if he was walking into or out of the alley.
Police still have not found any evidence of foul play and haven't said whether Uhre's death was an accident. An autopsy was performed Wednesday.
The building, in the 100 block of College Avenue, between Adams and Duval streets, is around the corner from Andrew's Bar and Grill, where he was last seen at 9:15 p.m. Feb. 2. It's also just two blocks away from his fraternity house, Alpha Delta Phi, also on College Avenue.
A message was written just under one of the surveillance cameras on the building's wall: "RIP Ryan Uhre."
Still much is not known about the events that led to Uhre's death. Northway didn't reveal how Uhre got into the building, whether there was anything with him or if he appeared to have injuries.
"I do not have any specifics as to how Mr. Uhre got into the building," Northway said.
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 about where Uhre's body was found inside.
"The reason for that is because if this, God forbid, turns out to be a homicide there will be two people who 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 but the investigation is continuing. Northway continually cited the ongoing investigation as the reason why no more information has been released thus far.
"This 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."
The alley, which serves as a back exit to downtown restaurants, runs along the east side of the building to a dead end behind it. 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 message warns.
The nearly 100-year-old building at 107 W. College Ave. was built in 1920 and is owned by the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation.
It had served as Pike's Photo Studio for at least 40 years from the early 1940s to at least 1984. It was given to the nonprofit in 2006 by a donor with the intention the property would be sold and the proceeds would be used for the hospital's mission.
Warren Jones, spokesman for TMH Foundation, said the 7,338-square-foot building has been vacant since it was acquired in 2006 and does not have a second floor. It has an unfinished basement according to Leon County Property Appraiser records.
"It was gutted," Jones said. "It's four walls and a roof. The building is a shell."
Braces were placed inside the structure to maintain the integrity of the walls, Jones said.
The city issued a permit in 2008 to have the vacant building boarded up. The building caught fire in 2012 after a cigarette was not extinguished.
After that, Jones said, "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.
Northway did not elaborate about the role the building's condition may have played in Uhre's death.
"The specifics of where Mr. Uhre was located in the building is not something I can discuss at this time because the case is an active, ongoing investigation," Northway said.
The night before Uhre's body was found, police sent out a news 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.
Uhre's friends and family are still coming to grips with Tuesday's news.
"We've been with family and friends, we've been saying prayers, that's really all we can do at this point," Michael Uhre, Ryan Uhre's father, told the Tallahassee Democrat Wednesday.
Michael Uhre said he found out about his son's death Tuesday morning when a TPD victim advocate called him.
"I don't know what reaction I could have as a father who just lost his son," Michael Uhre said. "We're relieved that he's not being held against his will somewhere."
Michael Uhre didn't want to speculate about what happened to his son the night of Feb. 2.
"I think the police department did everything they could, we believe it was an unfortunate accident," he said.
The family was making funeral plans Wednesday and waited to hear from TPD when they'll get Uhre's body back. Michael Gord, an FSU junior and a fraternity brother of Uhre's, said he and his brothers have had a rough time.
"I mean everyone's pretty much devastated," he said. "We've been in contact with his family, trying to make sure they're alright."