Family of missing student turns to 'power of prayer'

Ryan Uhre, 23, has been missing for 11 days

FAMILY PHOTO: Ryan Uhre hugs his dad Michael Uhre

FORT LAUDERDALE – Florida State University student Ryan Uhre was wearing a Hawaiian shirt with a pattern of Santa Claus' surfers when he disappeared 11 days ago.

The 23-year-old, who earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, was last seen leaving a bar in downtown Tallahassee on Super Bowl Sunday. Witnesses told police the aspiring lawyer left the bar alone. He never made it home. And he didn't return to Rep. Richard Stark's office, where he had recently started an internship.

"Praying for his safe return," posted Meredith Witt Haney Thursday on a "Find Ryan Uhre" Facebook Page with 6,534 followers.

The Miami Herald's Steve Rothaus wrote in his Gay South Florida blog that Uhre's sexual orientation could offer a clue to his disappearance. When Uhre  was attending St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, he told a teacher he was gay, South Florida Gay News Norm Kent reported.

Florida State University police said in a statement that there was no evidence of foul play. But family and friends in South Florida are growing anxious. They will be hosting a public prayer vigil in Fort Lauderdale Beach Sunday afternoon.

The public gathering is set to begin on the beach at 6 p.m. near the Sheraton Yankee Clipper hotel, 1749 SE 13th St. Police are asking anyone with information to call Tallahassee Police at 850-891-4200 or 1-888-876-8477.