Missing Netflix engineer found dead near Golden Gate Bridge

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A Netflix engineer who was reported missing last month has been found dead. 

According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, they were contacted by the California Highway Patrol last Tuesday, August 29, at around 11:41 a.m. on a report of an unresponsive person in the water of the SF Bay. 

The body was spotted by a passing boat and the U.S. Coast Guard was notified. They located a lifeless male floating in the bay. 

The body was recovered from the water and taken to Station Golden Gate in Sausalito where paramedics pronounced him deceased.

At the time, the remains were unidentifiable due to decomposition, exposure to the water, and depredation. 

An investigation reveals that the subject was Yohanes Stefanos Kidane, 22, of San Jose.

The cause of death was determined to be blunt impact injuries with drowning as a significant contributing condition.

Kidane was a recent graduate of Cornell University who was newly hired as a software engineer by Netflix. He went missing on August 14 after getting into an Uber in San Jose. 

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Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.