- Police sources told The New York Post Saturday that a backpack and phone believed to belong to the YouTuber Etika were recovered by the Manhattan Bridge after his disappearance Wednesday.
- The 29-year-old, whose real name is Desmond Amofah, posted a YouTube video expressing suicidal thoughts before the New York Police Department tweeted a call for tips Thursday.
- Best known for gaming commentary, Amofah’s channel has over 130,000 subscribers but previously faced suspensions due to uploading pornographic content.
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A backpack and phone believed to belong to 29-year-old Brooklyn resident Desmond Amofah were recovered by the Manhattan Bridge, New York Police Department sources told The New York Post on Saturday.
The YouTuber and Twitch streamer, better known by his social media handle Etika and for his gaming commentary, disappeared Wednesday evening after uploading a video where he expressed suicidal thoughts.
The NYPD issued a call for any information regarding Amofah Thursday, and said he had last been heard from by phone at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Have you seen Desmond Amofah aka Etika?
He was last heard from June 19 at about 8PM by phone. He is 29 years old, approx 6 feet tall, and 160 lbs. He is a known @YouTube blogger and has many people concerned after a recent video. Call @NYPDTips anonymously with info 800-577-TIPS pic.twitter.com/SfaDa2OifJ
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) June 20, 2019
YouTube removed the video from Amofah’s account, where he had over 130,000 followers. In the video, Amofah referred to leaving behind “a stained legacy.” The YouTuber had his account suspended in October for posting pornographic content, and again in April. He apologised to fans for experiencing mental breakdowns.
On Twitter, where he has over 320,000 followers, Amofah tweeted in April that he was contemplating suicide. Two weeks later, police received an anonymous 911 call for an emotionally disturbed person, and Amofah was taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.
The NYPD advised that Amofah is 6 feet tall and about 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair, and that anyone who has seen or heard from him since Wednesday night should alert them.
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