Body Pulled From East River Days After Missing YouTuber and Twitch Streamer Etika's Belongings

By CAITLIN NOLAN
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Police in New York have found the body of a man in the East River days after sources said belongings of missing YouTuber and Twitch streamer Desmond Amofah were found on a bridge nearby.

The body of an unidentified man was pulled from the water at Pier 16 near the South Street Seaport in lower Manhattan about 6:15 p.m. Monday, police said. The man was unresponsive and pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Authorities have not yet formally identified the man. Identification of the deceased is pending proper family notification, police said.

Amofah, a 29-year-old Brooklyn man known online as Etika, was last heard from around 8 p.m. Wednesday, cops said.

Authorities began searching for Amofah the same day he went missing, and they found items they believed to be his on the Manhattan Bridge, a suspension bridge that crosses the East River, connecting Downtown Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, the police source said.

Amofah’s cell phone, New York State driver’s license, debit card, MetroCard and wallet were found on the bridge, as well as a Nintendo Switch, laptop bag and assorted clothing, the source said. 

Before he disappeared, Amofah posted a video on YouTube that left his family and friends worried about his well-being, police said. In the 8-minute video, Amofah apologized to people he said he disappointed and discussed his mental health. 

“I’m sorry I let you all down,” he said.

The medical examiner will determine the unidentified man’s cause of death and the investigation is ongoing, cops said. 

Anyone with information in regards to Amofah’s disappearance is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-8477, or for Spanish, call 1-888-577-4782. Tips can also be submitted at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter at @NYPDTips.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. Or chat online at www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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