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Report: Cadillac Ranch can't prove they checked IDs the night Culolias drowned

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

There is new information about the night an ASU student vanished after getting kicked out of a Tempe bar. He was found dead in Tempe Town Lake two weeks later.

The Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control has released its report on what happened last fall when 19-year-old Jack Culolias disappeared.

He had been drinking at Cadillac Ranch during a frat and sorority party where he used a fake ID to get in.

The report says he got kicked out for urinating on the patio. He ended up in the water nearby and drowned.

We've learned at least one other underage student bought dozens of drinks that night, and the bar can't prove whether it checked anyone's ID.

"This is a high profile case where we had an underage person allegedly consuming alcohol at a licensed location, that was missing and later found to be deceased."

Investigators found Jack Culolias wasn't the only underage person drinking at the bar, and it's not the first time the bar has been cited for such a thing. The bar could be fined or even lose its liquor license over this.

A 14-page report from the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control shows 19-year-old Jack Culolias had a fake ID and a yellow wristband on when he was found dead in Tempe Town Lake in December.

Investigators say the bar where he was, Cadillac Ranch, handed out the wristbands to people of age to drink.

"We trace backwards where that underage person was drinking and how that underage person was able to obtain alcohol," says Sgt, Wes Kuhl, Arizona Department of Liquor.

Investigators went through police interviews and bar receipts. Not only did they find Culolias was drinking at the bar, they say a 20-year-old bought 33 drinks there.

"It's undetermined if they were all for him or other people, but that's two underage persons who were purchasing alcohol on their credit cards," says Sgt. Kuhl.

Investigators say the bar was not properly using their ID log and therefore could not prove they checked many of the IDs.

"I believe the report says 46 people were checked that night. The party was approximately 200 people."

You can see how big of a problem underage drinking is. Hundreds of IDs are seized in just one weekend in Scottsdale and Tempe. Some of these IDs are real, others are fake, and they were all used by underage people to try to get alcohol.

The department cited Cadillac Ranch for failing to follow identification procedures and selling alcohol to an underage person.

Since 2009, the bar has been cited 3 other times for selling to underage people.

"Fake IDs are very very good this day and age and if they don't know if it's fake or real, the best practice is to log the IDs. That way they can prove to law enforcement we did everything we could, we checked their ID."

The case has been handed over to the state compliance unit which will determine penalties. We could hear in the next month or two.

We contacted the owner of Cadillac Ranch for comment, but have not heard back.

Tempe Police say the investigation remains open, awaiting on toxicology results.

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