Surveillance video shows ASU student in hours before he disappeared

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by Natalie Brand

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Posted on February 26, 2013 at 10:44 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 1 at 10:42 AM

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In the hours before he disappeared, surveillance video from Cadillac Ranch in Tempe shows Arizona State University student Jack Culolias at the bar the night of his fraternity party, Nov. 30.
 
The 19-year-old can be seen ordering drinks, chatting with friends and dancing within a two-hour period before investigators say he was escorted out of the bar.
 
It’s still not known how Culolias ended up in the Salt River, which runs parallel to Tempe Marketplace. A volunteer searcher discovered his body weeks after he was reported missing.
 
Nearly three months later, his family and Tempe police are still waiting for the autopsy report. However, footage released by police is shedding new light on what happened inside the restaurant that night.
 
The same surveillance video was reviewed by the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control as part of the agency’s investigation.
 
The report found "there's no dispute that Culolias consumed alcohol at this establishment."

According to the video, at 9:53 p.m. Culolias ordered and received a Corona from the bartender.
 
He walks out of the camera’s view, but returns at 10:02 p.m. In the footage, he drinks from his beer and orders a mixed drink from the bartender, as detailed in the Liquor Licenses and Control report.
 
He's then seen chatting with friends and dancing before moving out of camera frame.
 
What isn’t shown on surveillance video is what happened about 15 minutes later. Investigators say Culolias was escorted out of the bar after urinating on the patio. Police tell 3TV they don’t have footage from the door where Culolias would have left.
 
His fraternity brothers and friends have maintained they did not see Culolias leave that night. They reported him missing the next day. The investigation was initially started by ASU police before Tempe police took over the case.
 
The Medical Examiner's Office says it could be another 60 days before an autopsy report is released, due to the pending toxicology test. A spokeswoman told 3TV they have between 90 to 120 days from the time of the initial examination, which was conducted in December.
 
Meanwhile, the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control's Investigative report cites four counts of violations against Cadillac Ranch. The report determined the establishment not only served alcohol to underage patrons, but did not use its ID log system properly that night to check identification.
 
It's not yet known what kind of penalties the bar could face. The case is now in the hands of the compliance unit, which will make the final determination. 3TV has reported Cadillac Ranch has three prior violations from years past.
 
3TV reached out to Cadillac Ranch for comment, but has not heard back. A fraternity spokesperson at the national level has not returned our calls either.
 

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