No Signs of Crime in Disappearance Of Netflix Engineer Yohanes Kidane

He was last seen getting into an Uber that was headed to San Francisco on Aug. 14.

The investigation into the disappearance of a newly hired Netflix software engineer who went missing soon after moving to the Bay Area has found “no evidence” of a crime.

According to KTVU, the San Jose Police Department said that Yohanes Kidane, who graduated from Cornell University in May, "utilized a rideshare service and was driven from San Jose to San Francisco.  Mr. Kidane was last seen in San Francisco” on Monday (August 21).

"The investigation has uncovered no evidence to suggest that a crime has occurred. San Jose Detectives have kept Mr. Kidane’s family advised of all pertinent developments in the case," the department said on X, formerly known as Twitter. "The case will remain open until Mr. Kidane is located."

Kidane was last seen getting into a car with an Uber sticker that took him to San Francisco on Aug. 14, his family stated.

“Two young colleagues of his saw him and were able to talk to him. He said he was heading to San Francisco to maybe meet a friend,” said Yosief Kidane, Yohane's older brother.

“The last footage I’ve seen of him was leaving his apartment building and getting into a black Toyota Camry,” Yosief continued.

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Yosief also noted that when his parents could not contact Yohanes, they noticed that his phone tracker didn't move from a location close to the Golden Gate Bridge. The family then notified the San Jose police and the next day, (Aug. 15), the police department said that he was reported missing.

NBC News reported that a spokesperson for Uber confirmed that Yohanes used the rideshare service but “ended at the requested destination without any reported incidents” which was the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. The spokesperson added that  Uber has “been in touch with the driver and with law enforcement” to cooperate with the investigation.

Yosief said the authorities shared with his family that Yohanes’s backpack with his laptop and personal documents was found on the same day.

“We’re not exactly sure where, but we assume some proximity to the bridge,” Yosief explained.

When Yohanes’ belongings were discovered, the entire family flew from New York to the Bay area in search of answers. “My family started hanging posters around San Francisco, around medical centers, youth shelters, homeless shelters, anywhere you might have looked for aid or respite,” he said. “I walked around the bridge for hours.”

The San Jose Police Department said they “are coordinating their investigation with the California Highway Patrol, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, the United States Coast Guard, and [Uber] to obtain a conclusive answer as to Mr. Kidane’s whereabouts.”

Yosief Kidane said that he and his family are continuing their search for Yohanes.

“We’re going to find him and we’re going to bring him home,” he said. “We’re not going to stop. We know our friends and family and the community is not going to stop.”.

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