Six Months after Disappearing, Student’s Family Continues to Search

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Student Sydney West was last seen near the Golden Gate Bridge, strolling near Crissy Field, in the wee hours of Sept. 30. She was dressed in a blue sweatshirt, leggings, and Vans slip-on sneakers. The day before her disappearance, she contacted her dad, Jay West, with a lengthy phone call. 

West was in the Bay Area for her summer classes at UC Berkeley. She was supposed to enter school in the fall but sustained a concussion and with remote classes, she decided to defer for another year. She stayed in California with family friends. 

When she didn’t call the next day, her father got worried. According to the website set up for her disappearance, footage in the area was blocked by fog and morning haze. 

“As 6 months passes where we have not seen or heard from Sydney, it becomes increasingly painful,” her parents, Jay and Kimberly West, said in a statement provided to SFGATE. “Holidays and milestones come and go while we continue to feel Sydney’s absence continuously. We remain hopeful that someone knows something that will be helpful in finding her.”

Her family revealed that all leads have not been fruitful. The rideshare service driver, who took West to the Golden Gate Bridge, cooperated with the police and is not believed to be a suspect. Since Sept. 30, her phone and credit cards have no activities. 

The West family has also upped its reward for her return to $25,000. Anyone in the Bay Area with any information regarding her disappearance can contact Sgt. Michael Horan at 415-553-1028 or the family’s private investigator at 925-705-8328.