Search for missing Richmond teen now includes $10,000 reward

RICHMOND — With a teenager who disappeared over the weekend still missing, Richmond police are now turning to reward money in their quest to find him.

Police are offering $10,000 for information that leads to the whereabouts of Antoine Whittley, a 17-year-old Kennedy High student. He went missing Feb. 10, authorities said.

Richmond police will discuss the case and the reward at a press conference later Thursday morning.

According to police, Whittley voluntarily exited a ride-share vehicle on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge around 8:30 p.m. He was wearing a black hooded Reebok sweatshirt, black/green pants with a camouflage stripe, and a black COVID-19 mask.

He is 5 foot, 9 inches tall and 130 pounds.

Whittley visited a friend in the 300 block of Marina Way South on the night he went missing, police said. He got into the rideshare vehicle to return to his home in Point Richmond, but the rideshare vehicle missed an exit and ended up on the bridge.

Police said something occurred about mid-span that caused Whittley to get out of the car voluntarily. They have not said what they believe happened.

Whittley spoke on his cell phone to the friend he visited around 8:30 p.m., and police said the conversation between the two led them to believe Whittley was still on the bridge. Whittley told his friend he thought he was being followed, police said.

The phone then disconnected, they said.

Police have contacted the rideshare driver and said he spoke with them and is “not a person of interest.”

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The department’s marine unit and other agencies searched the waters underneath the bridge over the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday.

Anyone with information can contact Det. Kris Palma at 510-621-1276 or email him at kpalma@richmondpd.net.

Please check back for updates.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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