Netflix employee goes missing after taking Uber ride in California

A 22-year-old software engineer employed with streaming giant Netflix mysteriously disappeared after he was last seen getting into an Uber in California, New York Post reported.

The man, Yohanes Kidane, was seen leaving his apartment building in downtown San Jose around 7:15 pm (local time) on August 14, and stepping into a car whose doors had Uber stickers, his family told local news channel KTVU.

He was last seen wearing grey sweatpants, a black hoodie and black shoes. “Two young colleagues of his saw him and were able to talk to him,” Kidane’s brother, Yosief, said.

“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.

Kidane had joined Netflix two weeks ago as a software engineer and had just moved to the Bay Area in July. He had graduated from Cornell University in May, New York Post reported.

Kidane’s mobile phone, wallet and backpack were found near the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Centre in San Francisco, read a poster shared by his brother. His backpack was found closer to the bridge the next day and contained two laptops and personal documents.

His last phone location was tracked to the Golden Gate Bridge for the majority of the night on August 14.

“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 Centre and coffee shop,” Kidane’s brother told KTVU. “Thirty bucks in cash was in his wallet, ID cards, phone untouched.”

Kidane’s distraught mother prayed for her son’s return and described him as “loving” and a “good man” with a “bright future”.

“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.”

Kidane’s friends and relatives have created a task force to trace him and opened a fundraising page with GoFundMe.

“Yohanes has gone missing in San Francisco. This fundraiser is for covering travel expenses for his family as they search for him,” the crowdfunding page said.

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