UC Berkeley Student, 19, Vanished Last Fall: 'Somebody Must Know Something,' Says Family
Sydney West’s family is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone with information leading to her whereabouts
The distraught parents of a UC Berkeley student who vanished last fall are offering a $10,000 reward for her location and safe return.
Sydney Kaitlyn West, 19, a freshman at UC Berkeley, was last seen on Sept. 30, 2020, at about 6:45 a.m. in the area of Crissy Field near the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement.
A family member reported West missing on Oct. 2, according to the SFPD.
On Monday, her parents went on Facebook and TikTok announcing that they are offering the reward "to be able to locate her and bring her home to us," her mother, Kimberly West said in a video.
Their daughter was last seen on the Golden Gate Bridge, Kimberly said.
While on the bridge, there were "a lot of people who were near her," her father, Jay West, said.
"I know this because I reviewed the video. We absolutely believe that somebody must know something."
He pointed out that they get tips all the time and are trying to follow every lead.
"We want our daughter home," he said.
Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, West grew up in the Bay Area, CBS SF reports.
She is described as a white female, 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 130 lbs. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a sweatshirt, dark colored shorts and blue Vans shoes.
She is considered at risk due to depression.
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The Facebook page, Finding Sydney West, which her parents started after West went missing is filled with pictures of her as a baby, on family trips and visiting colleges.
The page also includes multiple posts from relatives and friends pleading for her safe return.
"Come home Syd! Let's go crabbing again! We love you!" one post read.
While police continue to investigate, West's parents hired a private investigator to help track her down.
They ask anyone with information about West's disappearance to call the investigator, Scott Dudek, at 925-705-8328.
Anyone who sees Sydney should call 911 or their local law enforcement agency and be prepared to provide her current location and clothing description.
Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call the SFPD 24-hour tip line at 1-415-575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the text message with SFPD.