February 24, 2024


The value of truth

Brother desperately searching for solutions in Netflix software package engineer Yohanes Kidane’s August disappearance

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“There’s no me without Yohanes,” Yosief Kidane advised Dateline, tearfully. “He’s my most effective friend in the planet.”

Yosief’s brother, 22-12 months-previous Yohanes Kidane, has been missing for nearly a 7 days. He was last witnessed on Monday, August 14, 2023, in San Jose, California.

“He’s normally been ideal by my facet,” Yosief reported about the brothers’ closeness.

Yosief is the eldest of 3 siblings. “I’m a year and 4 months older than [Yohanes],” he stated. “[Sara’s] 3 years young than me.”

Their parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea, but the siblings had been born and elevated in Rochester, New York.

Yohanes’s mother, Sara, Yohanes, and Yosief.Yosief Kidane

Yosief advised Dateline that he and his brother have normally been very near. “People have often bewildered us. Our names, our physical appearance, our mannerisms,” he mentioned. “We had been fortuitous to research jointly, increase up alongside one another, understand collectively.”

The two even went to the exact college or university: Cornell University. “When he came in performing pc science, it sort of piqued my desire and manufactured me a small competitive. So I commenced getting some courses and finished up definitely making the most of it,” he recalled. “Even though he’s a yr younger than me, I had the privilege of currently being his research husband or wife in our algorithms course.”

Yosief informed Dateline that Yohanes has normally been smart and that is a thing he reported he’s normally admired. “He was one particular of the greatest engineers out of his course at Cornell,” Yosief stated. “Very sensible, vivid personal.”

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In Could 2023, Yohanes graduated from Cornell. Yosief stated his brother quickly moved to San Jose to start out a career at Netflix as a software program engineer. “He was tremendous energized to start performing at Netflix,” Yosief stated. “He was always speaking about how sensible and able his coworkers ended up.”

Yohanes experienced only labored at Netflix for two months right before he disappeared.

Yosief, who life in New York City, told Dateline he very last spoke to his brother on Sunday, August 13. “He experienced operate the following morning, but we talked for an hour,” he recalled. “He caught me up on a lot of stuff that was going on at function.”

The next working day, Yohanes vanished.

Yosief told Dateline that on Monday August 14, their sister was examining Yohanes’s locale and noticed it adjusted. “Somewhere around 8 p.m., she noticed his cellphone site at the Golden Gate Bridge, which wasn’t just about anything out of the common,” Yosief said. “Figured he could have been meeting a buddy or, like, checking it out with probably perform men and women or anything.” The Golden Gate Bridge is far more than an hour away from Yohanes’s apartment.

By the future morning — Tuesday, August 15 — when Yohanes’s area however confirmed as becoming at the Golden Gate Bridge, Yosief mentioned his sister began to stress. “She’d been calling, striving to see what he’s accomplishing. He under no circumstances picked up,” he recalled. “She calls me, wakes me up in advance of I start off get the job done, and we start calling his cellphone, calling good friends, attempting to see exactly where he could be.”

But no just one experienced read from Yohanes.

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Yosief reported that they afterwards observed that the place of Yohanes’s phone commenced moving, so they called it. Yosief reported a stranger picked up and claimed he had identified the cellphone and Yohanes’s wallet, including his dollars, card, and ID at the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Middle. “He reported he would support us get them again to Yohanes and so we targeted our efforts on in fact getting out where by he was,” he explained.

Yosief instructed Dateline that they identified as the San Jose Police Division to carry out a wellness verify at his brother’s apartment, but he wasn’t there. He said officers then went to Yohanes’s career and observed out he under no circumstances showed up to operate that Tuesday. “This is in which we begin to seriously get frightened,” Yosief reported.

In accordance to Yosief, investigators finally discovered out that Yohanes obtained into an Uber, a black Toyota sedan, on Monday night close to 7:15 p.m. outside of his apartment on N 4th Street in San Jose. That was the very last time he was reportedly observed.

Yosief told Dateline that as much as he is aware of, the Uber driver has not nonetheless been identified.

The loved ones filed a missing person’s report.

The San Jose Police Department Media Relations Unit told Dateline in an electronic mail that Yohanes’s circumstance is an open missing persons investigation and that “there are no updates to share at the moment.”

Yosief claimed that on Tuesday afternoon investigators notified his family members that Yohanes’s backpack with his laptop and individual documents experienced been observed, as nicely. “We’re not just certain the place, but we presume some proximity to the bridge,” he stated.

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Yosief told Dateline that on Tuesday night time, his full family flew from New York to the Bay location. “My family members started hanging posters all-around San Francisco, all-around medical centers, youth shelters, homeless shelters, any where you could possibly have seemed for support or respite,” he stated. “I walked all around the bridge for hrs.”

They discovered no signal of Yohanes.

Yosief explained to Dateline that he won’t give up on the lookout for his brother. “We’re likely to find him and we’re heading to deliver him home,” he explained. “We’re not heading to quit. We know our good friends and family members and the neighborhood is not heading to quit.”

Yohanes is 5’8” and 150 lbs. He was very last found donning gray sweatpants, a black hoodie, and black sneakers.

Any one with info about Yohanes’s disappearance is requested to phone the San Jose Police Office at 408-277-0531.

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