California police searching for missing Netflix employee say no evidence of crime

Authorities searching for a Netflix employee who disappeared after moving to California to work for the streaming service said there was no evidence to indicate a crime had been committed.

The San Jose Police Department said Monday that Yohanes Kidane, 22, took a rideshare from San Jose to San Francisco on Aug. 14. He was last seen in San Francisco.

“The investigation has revealed no evidence to suggest a crime has been committed,” the department tweeted. “San Jose detectives have kept Mr. Kidane’s family informed of all relevant developments in the case. The case will remain open until Mr. Kidane is located.”


Yohanes Kidane shares a screenshot of the missing person poster

This footage of missing Netflix software engineer Yohanes Kidane appears on a missing person flyer seeking information on his whereabouts. On Monday, the San Jose Police Department said there was no evidence to suggest a crime had been committed. (Yossief Kidane)

In May, Kidane graduated from Cornell University in New York, before moving to California to work as a software engineer for Netflix.

Some of his belongings were found near the Golden Gate Bridge, his older brother Yosief Kidane said last week.

Graduation photo of Yohanes Kidane's cap and gown

Yohanes Kidane graduated from Cornell University’s computer science program in May and landed a job as a software engineer at Netflix, but disappeared just two weeks after moving to the Bay Area from California. (Yossief Kidane)

There was no shortage of money in Kidane’s wallet and his laptop was still inside his backpack.

A few days before taking an Uber in San Jose, Kidane told friends that another ride-sharing experience had been so concerning that he never intended to ride alone again.

Yohanes and Yosief Kidane pose with their mother and sister in family photos

Yohanes Kidane, second right, and his older brother Yosief, far right, are a year apart but are often mistaken for twins. Yosief traveled from the family home in Rochester, New York, to assist with the search effort for his missing brother in the California Bay Area. (Yossief Kidane)


“The Uber driver insisted, if he was a real Uber driver, that instead of taking him to where he needed to be, he was like, ‘Oh, I’m going to take you to Oakland. It’s a lot safer there,'” Kidane’s former Cornell roommate Austin Farmer said. “And he just wouldn’t let Yohanes go where he needed to go. So they took him to downtown Oakland. I guess he eventually went back to his apartment or wherever he lives, but that’s was quite suspicious.”

Fox News Digital’s Michael Ruiz contributed to this report.


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