The concern is growing for a popular YouTube star who shared a video stating he was suicidal before disappearing on Wednesday night. Police have found his belongings on the Manhattan Bridge and are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to come forward.
Desmond Amofah, a 29-year-old YouTube star better known among his fans as Etika, has been missing for the last five days.
He was last seen on Brooklyn on Wednesday night, hours after he posted a now-deleted video to his YouTube channel where he stated he was suicidal and said he was sorry for “pushing everyone away.”
New York Police has been searching Amofah since the same day he posted the video and even asked for the public’s assistance in finding him.
On Saturday, police sources confirmed to the NY Post that they found some of Amofah’s belongings alongside the Brooklyn Bridge, including his driver’s license, several other cards, and his wallet.
They also found his phone, a Nintendo switch, and a laptop’s bag with some clothes and headphones inside.
Amofah, who has 133,000 followers on YouTube and over 300k on Twitter, can be seen walking around in the now-deleted video as he says, “I’m sorry y’all. I’m sorry I betrayed your trust. I’m sorry I pushed you all away. I’m sorry I made a clown of myself.”
“You know I wasn’t suicidal before — I really wasn’t. But one thing I didn’t realize was that the walls were closing around me so fast. I really had no intention of killing myself, but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
He also said he was hoping his story could help make YouTube a better place where “people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go.”
Amofah’s younger brother, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Post that they hadn’t spoken for nearly a year, but the last time they did, “He didn’t show any sign of depression.”
“I have never seen him behave like that,” he added, referring to Amofah’s last video. He also revealed he has tried to reach his brother since hearing of his disappearance but not to avail.
“I love my brother. I hope he didn’t get hurt,” he said. “I am hoping and wishing for the best.”
Fans of the gaming streamer have been filling his social media accounts with messages of love, support, and prayers.
Fellow YouTuber Sky Williams tweeted: “Please start taking @etika’s mental health seriously. like sure he’s flip-flopped a bunch of times, and I know it’s taxing – but suicide attempts/threats should never be blown off.”
Police are still investigating the case. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org
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