Date: Thursday, 07 September 2023
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.
An autopsy confirmed the body as Kidane's and ruled the 22-year-old died from blunt force injuries and with drowning as a contributing factor.
His death has been ruled a suicide, the Marin County Sheriff's Office said.
The recent Cornell University grad was reported missing in mid-August after he did not show up to his one week old job with the popular streaming service.
Kidane had moved to the area just two weeks prior to his disappearance on August 14 and his phone and wallet were found near Golden Gate Bridge after he vanished.
In a press release shared Wednesday, the Marin County Sheriff's Office shed light on the discovery of the 22-year-old's body on August 29.
A call initially came in around 11.41am and coroners were dispatched to the scene alongside members of the United States Coast Guard who pulled the body.
He was taken back to land and pronounced dead by paramedics who did not attempt to resuscitate him 'due to the subject's presenting physiologic condition.'
'The remains exhibited signs of advanced decomposition, prolonged exposure to the aquatic environment and appreciable depredation,' the press released stated.
The body was so decomposed when it was retrieved from the Bay that his remains were unidentifiable and required further investigation by police and coroners.
Kidane's identity was ultimately confirmed on August 31, however, and his next of kin were quickly notified of his discovery and passing.
An autopsy was conducted on September 1 and Kidane's cause of death was determined to be 'blunt impact injuries with drowning' as a contributing factor.
It's currently unknown what caused the blunt impact injuries found on his body.
It's also unclear what caused the coroner to rule Kidane's death a suicide.
Kidane's disappearance sparked major headlines around the country as he seemingly vanished without a trace just a week into his new job at Netflix.
His sister was the first to realize something was amiss after she noticed her brother's phone location showed he was at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco .
When she noticed his location did not change, Sarah asked her older brother if he had spoke to him, which he had not.
Family members started calling Kidane's friends, but no one had any information of his whereabouts.
The next morning a commuter found his phone and wallet near the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center and turned them into cops.
Kidane's brother told KTVU Fox2 San Francisco '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.'
He added: 'Thirty bucks in cash was in his wallet, IDs cards, phone untouched.'
That same day Kidane did not show up at his new job at Netflix and police were unable to find him at home.
On Wednesday, the family said police found his backpack that had two laptops and some personal documents that were 'seemingly untouched,' his brother said.
Prior to the discovery of his body, Kidane's family described him as 'very intelligent, high achieving individual with lofty expectations for himself.'
'They said he was also at the 'top of his class at Cornell.'
Friends described his mental state before his disappearance as 'normal as always,' and said he's 'always been a really positive guy.'
One friend added: 'We don't think there's any self-harm or anything implicated from that.
'Because his family situation, I think, was perfectly fine, friends are fine, workplace is fine.
'He was super motivated, honestly. He was going to the gym and was just pretty excited about life,' the friend told one outlet.
A GoFundMe to help the search effort for Kadine has raised more than $100,000 as of September 6. It's unclear how the proceeds will be used following his death.