The body of a missing software engineer who recently moved to San Francisco to start working at Netflix was found floating in San Francisco Bay last week and his cause of death has been revealed.
The severely decomposed remains of 22-year-old Yohanes Kidane were pulled from the waters northeast of the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday morning after a passing boat spotted his body and notified the Coast Guard, the Sheriff’s Office said. of Marin County.
His death was determined to be a suicide, the sheriff said.
Kidane, of Webster, New York, went missing on August 14 when he was last seen leaving his San Jose apartment in an Uber just weeks after moving across the country to perform for the streaming giant.
The recent Cornell University graduate’s body showed signs of “advanced decomposition, prolonged exposure to the aquatic environment, and noticeable predation,” according to the sheriff’s office.
Kidane, 22, graduated from Cornell University in May and moved across the country to the Bay Area in July to work as an engineer at Netflix. Courtesy of Yosief Kidane
Initially, investigators were unable to identify the body, which was not carrying any identification.
On Thursday, the coroner positively identified the remains as Kidane’s and immediately notified the young engineer’s family.
The coroner determined the cause of death was a combination of blunt impact injuries and drowning and the manner of death was suicide, the sheriff said.
On Thursday, the coroner positively identified the remains as those of Kidane and notified the young engineer’s family. LinkedIn / Yohanes Kidane
Kidane had only been on the job for two weeks when he disappeared on August 14. Courtesy of Yosief Kidane
Kidane’s wallet, cell phone and backpack were found near the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center after she went missing. His photo data showed that she was on the bridge most of the night she disappeared.
It was only in its second week on Netflix when it disappeared.
His family and friends desperately searched for him after he reportedly told a friend he had a troubling carpool experience just two days before he was last seen getting into a car with an Uber sticker on it.
The coroner’s office determined that he died from blunt impact injuries and drowning and that the manner of death was suicide. Facebook / Yosief Kidane
He reportedly said the driver had taken him a roundabout route to his apartment, insisting they go through Oakland, leading the recent grad to hesitate about using a solo rideshare again.
Kidane’s loved ones started a GoFundMe campaign that garnered more than $100,000 in donations, as well as a search task force.
“We want to take him home. I need my son. I need my son,” Kidane’s mother, Mehret Hana Beyene, told KTVU last month.
“He is a good man who has a bright future and loves his family very much.”
If you are having suicidal thoughts or experiencing a mental health crisis and live in New York City, you can call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis counseling. If you live outside of the five boroughs, you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 988 or go to Suicide Prevention Lifeline.org.