Police search for missing legislative intern

Published On: Feb 11 2014 11:43:02 AM EST
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

Authorities are trying to find a 23-year-old Florida State University graduate who went missing days after beginning an internship for a state lawmaker.

Ryan Uhre disappeared on Feb. 2, after watching the Super Bowl with friends at a Tallahassee bar, according to Tallahassee police. He was last seen walking home, wearing a Hawaiian-style shirt with surfing Santas.

Patty Uhre, who lives in Atlanta, told the Tallahassee Democrat she is hopeful police will find her son.

She said the disappearance doesn't make sense because so much was going right in his life. He graduated from FSU in December, was working two jobs and had just started the internship in the office of Rep. Richard Stark, D-Weston.

In addition, he was studying to take the LSAT prep courses in hopes of attending law school.

"Things had been going so well with Ryan," she said. "This is a situation that is baffling to us. I would have never expected this and for this prolonged period of time."

Family members grew concerned when they had not heard from him several days later. Patty Uhre said she received a call from Stark, a family friend, saying that her son hadn't shown up for work a week ago Tuesday.

"That's totally inconsistent with Ryan," she said. "Work was a priority for him."

Tallahassee police took over the case from university police on Monday.

Authorities in Tallahassee and South Florida are looking for Uhre. They said Monday they don't have any reason to believe foul play was involved in the disappearance.

Ryan Uhre's father, Michael Uhre, has been visiting hotels and bars in South Florida, searching for his son.

But Patty Uhre said she's taking a different approach. "I am staying still. My son knows where I am and if I'm in the same place he'll find me."