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On foot and online, the search for Brogan Dulle continues

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Flyers are dispersed throughout the Tri-State with Dulle's photo. (FOX19 File) Flyers are dispersed throughout the Tri-State with Dulle's photo. (FOX19 File)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Searchers continue to look for Brogan Dulle, the UC student who has been missing a week, and an equally massive effort is taking place on the Internet.

With thousands of people flocking to downtown this weekend for Reds games and the Taste of Cincinnati, volunteers saturated the streets with posters, handouts and information booths. But there's one thing their incredible on-foot efforts can't do: get the message out nationwide.

That's just what social media has done, with people across the country flooding the "Help Find Brogan Dulle" Facebook page with well wishes, prayers and offers of help.

"I really have a hard time wrapping my mind around the magnitude of this page," said Joanna Loschen Hass, a cousin of Dulle's.  Within the first 36 hours of the creation of "Help Find Brogan Dulle" Facebook page, it had more than 10,000 members. It's currently reached upwards of 20,000 Facebook users.

The case has also traveled on Reddit and twitter, using #FindBroganDulle.

Dulle, 21, has been missing since May 17. On Friday his parents spoke out and pleaded to their son directly to come home. Meanwhile, Cincinnati police have said they don't suspect foul play in the case. The FBI has joined the investigation and told FOX19 it is not unusual for the bureau to provide assistance in local police investigations.

Friends continue to be stunned by disappearance of a man who is described by family members as responsible and dedicated.

"I'm super surprised like someone close to us has been taken and we're all just really down because we don't like to see the Dulle family just separated," said family friend Luke Gonos.

Related: Brogan Dulle's parents: 'We need you home'

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