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Yohanes Kidane cause of death: Body of missing Netflix engineer found

Missing Netflix engineer Yohanes Kidane’s body was found floating in the San Francisco Bay last week as his cause of death was revealed.

Yohanes Kidane’s body was pulled from the San Francisco Bay on Tuesday, August 29, after investigators received calls about an unresponsive person in the water.

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Yohanes Kidane was last seen stepping into an Uber on August 14, 2023

Who is Yohanes Kidane?

Yohanes Kidane was from New York and moved to California after landing a job at Netflix.

He lived in an apartment located in downtown San Jose before his disappearance. Kidane had reportedly moved to the Bay Area, San Francisco, in July.

The 22-year-old was in his second week working at the streaming giant where he had the role of a software engineer.

Yohanes Kidane, who graduated from Cornell University in May, was described as 5’8″, 150 pounds, and was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black hoodie, and black shoes.

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Yohanes Kidane graduated from Cornell University in May 2023

When did Yohanes Kidane go missing?

Yohanes Kidane was captured on security footage leaving his apartment around 7.15pm on August 14, 2023, before he stepped into a vehicle with an Uber sticker, according to his family.

His phone, wallet, and backpack were all found near the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Centre in San Francisco, according to a missing person poster shared by Kidane’s older brother, Yosief.

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

The backpack was found the next day closer to the bridge and it contained two of his laptops and personal documents.

Kidane’s former college roommate said he also told a story about a suspicious Uber ride that took place 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.”

What happened to Yohanes Kidane?

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Kidane, 22, graduated from Cornell University in May and moved across the country to the Bay Area in July for a job as an engineer for Netflix.

Yohanes Kidane cause of death

On September 6, 2023, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office revealed that an unresponsive person was found on August 29.

The coroner later confirmed the individual was, in fact, Yohanes Kidane.

“The cause of death was determined to be from blunt impact injuries with drowning as a significant contributing condition,” the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “The mode of death was determined to be suicide.”

Yohanes Kidane’s remains were found in the water northeast of the Golden Gate Bridge, according to a tweet by KNTV reporter, John Zuchelli.

This is near where his wallet and cell phone were first recovered.

The tweet continued: “The coroner’s office said no foul play was involved in his death.”

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