RICHMOND — Authorities said Thursday that a body recovered from San Pablo Bay waters may be a teen who went missing five months ago.
In a statement, Richmond police said the body that had been found earlier Thursday was believed to be that of Antoine Whittley, who disappeared in February.
Detectives began work investigating with county coroner’s staff after the body’s discovery. Authorities said there was no evidence of a crime so far, and the case would remain classified as a missing juvenile pending identification of the body.
RICHMOND, CA – FEB. 19: A missing juvenile poster of teenager Antoine Whittley is shown as the family speaks to the media during a press conference held at the Richmond Police Department in Richmond, Calif., on Friday, February 19, 2021. Richmond police announced a reward for the whereabouts of Whittley who was last seen on Feb. 10. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)
“It is with a heavy heart, that Chief Bisa French and members of the Richmond Police Department announce that a body was recovered near Point Pinole in the waters of the San Pablo Bay on July 22, 2021,” police said in part.
“Based on the active investigation and all of the information obtained by Richmond Police Department, it is believed to be the body of Antoine Whittley.”
The last major update in the case had come at a Feb. 19 press conference where family members of 17-year-old Antoine came forward to call for closure in the wake of his disappearance after leaving a ride-share vehicle Feb. 10 atop the mid-span of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
In the wake of the disappearance, family members passed out thousands of fliers alerting the public and issued a $10,000 reward, while law enforcement and marine agencies carried out patrols along North and East Bay shorelines.
Anyone with information may call Richmond police Det. Orlando Johnson at 510-965-4911 or e-mail email@example.com, or call the department’s anonymous tip line at 510-307-8177 or non-emergency number at 510-233-1214.
Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.
Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment