Body found in East River amid search for Etika – BNO News

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Body found in East River amid search for Etika – BNO News

An unidentified body has been found in the East River in New York City amid the search for missing YouTube star Etika, who disappeared last week after he left a video in which he alluded to wanting to commit suicide.

The body was found at about 6:20 p.m. ET on Monday near Pier 16 in Manhattan, close to the Brooklyn Bridge. Video from witnesses showed police officers lifting the body out of the East River.

There is no word on the victim’s identity and a police spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The scene is about half a mile from the Manhattan Bridge, where Etika’s personal belongings were found.

Other details were not immediately known.

Etika, whose real name is Desmond Amofah, has a history of mental health issues and was last heard from on Wednesday night. Hours later, an 8-minute video was automatically uploaded to YouTube in which he alluded to wanting to commit suicide.

The New York Police Department confirmed on Saturday night that Etika’s personal property was found on the Manhattan Bridge. This included his cell phone and other personal items.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the U.S. Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, a free and 24/7 service that can provide suicidal persons or those around them with support, information and local resources. If you’re in the United Kingdom, call the Samaritans at 116123.

YouTube star Etika, whose real name is Desmond Amofah (Credit: NYPD)
Pier 16 near the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan (Credit: Google)

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