CINCINNATI – “It’s time for family dinner night. We love you, Brog.”
That was the emotional plea Beth Dulle sent to her son, Brogan, at a news conference Friday at Cincinnati police District 4 headquarters.
Brogan, a University of Cincinnati student, has been missing since May 18.
“The minute we received a call that he missed work was the minute we realized something was very wrong,” said Beth, who was joined Friday by her husband Tom Dulle, as well as relatives Tina and Libby McVeigh.
After spending the evening at The St. Clair and Mac’s Pizza, the 21-year-old went back to his apartment on E. McMillan in Clifton Heights. At about 2 a.m., Brogan realized he had left his cellphone and decided to go back and retrace his steps to locate it, his roommate said .
He never returned home.
“He is responsible and he is dedicated, he would not miss work. Like a mailman - rain, sleet or snow, he would be there.”
Brogan, an education major and graduate of Turpin High School, is described as a passionate, responsible young man who loves working with kids. He is a swim coach at both Mercy HealthPlex Sea Wolves and Turpin Hills swim clubs .
Beth said she saw her son Friday after his a swim team practice. He helped sand down a table they were building for his brother’s graduation party, she said.
Then, on Saturday, she remembered him being “his normal, happy self."
“Nothing that would leave me to believe something was bothering him," his mother said.
Search parties are being run around the clock in Cincinnati neighborhoods, particularly Clifton, Clifton Heights, Over-the-Rhine and downtown.
Cincinnati police officials reasserted Friday afternoon that while they've received numerous tips about possible sightings of Brogan, there have been no "credible leads" in the case.
The mystery behind the disappearance has captivated the nation, earning a Thursday night segment on Nancy Grace’s show and a viral story on the Huffington Post. The story has been “liked” more than 1 million times.
Even ABC News has covered it, with David Muir referring to the situation as “desperate search for a Cincinnati college student who disappeared without a trace.”
Muir highlighted the fact police say they’ve never seen anything like it.
But Brogan's friends and family are not giving up.
The Facebook group to support finding Brogan reached more than 7,000 members in a little over 24 hours and 17,000 by Friday afternoon.
A central help location is at the Gilpin’s restaurant on W. Clifton Avenue, just a block from UC's campus. Upwards of 2,000 volunteers are expected to take part in search efforts over the course of Memorial Day weekend.