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Who is Yohanes Kidane? When did he go missing?

BY Anas Shah Aug 21, 2023. 03:12 pm UPDATED: Aug 21, 2023. 03:12 pm

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YOU MIGHT WONDER WHO Yohanes Kidane is and when he abruptly vanished.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Netflix software employee last seen boarding an Uber on Saturday.

Who is Yohanes Kidane?

Yohanes Kidane, 22, from New York, had just finished college and started working at Netflix in California.

He stayed in a downtown San Jose apartment before going missing last week.

Kidane apparently moved to the Bay Area, namely San Francisco, in July.

He was in his second week of work as a software engineer at the streaming behemoth.

Kidane, who graduated from Cornell University in May, was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black hoodie, and black sneakers.

When did Yohanes Kidane go missing?

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According to his relatives, Kidane was seen on security camera leaving his residence about 7:15 p.m. on August 14, before stepping into a vehicle with an Uber sticker.

According to a missing person poster provided by Kidane’s older brother, Yosief, his phone, wallet, and backpack were all discovered at the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Centre in San Francisco.

Kidane’s phone location allegedly showed him at the Golden Gate Bridge for the most of Monday night.

The backpack was discovered the next day near the bridge and included two of his laptops as well as personal documents.

Kidane’s former college roommate stated that he also told him about a weird Uber ride that occurred just days before his disappearance.

“The Uber driver insisted if it was an actual Uber driver, that instead of taking him to the location that he needed to be, he’s like, ‘Oh, I’m going to take you to Oakland. It’s much safer there,’” Austin Farmer told Fox News.

“And he just wouldn’t let Yohanes go where he needed to go. So they took him to downtown Oakland. I guess he eventually got back to his apartment or wherever he lives, but that was pretty suspicious.”

Kidane had allegedly texted Farmer during that trip saying he “might be in trouble” and the driver told him to cancel the extra pay.

“I got a sense he’s taking me there for no good reason,” Kidane said.

When he got back to San Jose, Kidane said he was “Never going in Uber solo again in SF.”

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What has Yohanes Kidane’s family said?

Following his disappearance, Kidane’s brother revealed that “two young colleagues of his saw him and were able to talk to him,” before he went missing.

“He said he was heading to San Francisco to maybe meet a friend. The last footage I’ve seen of him was leaving his apartment building and getting into a black Toyota Camry,” he added.

“Someone who was in San Rafael, who was on a commute, saw a phone and wallet sitting on this small grassy hill right between the Welcome Center and coffee shop,” Yosief brother told cops.

“Thirty bucks in cash was in his wallet, IDs cards, phone untouched.”

Kidane’s devastated mother has also made a public plea for her son’s safe return.

“We want to take him home. I need my son. I need my son,” Mehret Hana Beyene told KTVU.

“He’s a good man who has a bright future, very loving to his family.”

“Calling medical centres, homeless shelters, distributing posters; doing everything that we can to get my brother back. My best friend,” his brother added.

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