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‘Please Help Us': Richmond Family Desperate to Find Missing Teen

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A Richmond family is pleading for the public's help in finding their missing son.

Antoine Whittley, 17, disappeared on Feb. 10 after leaving a friend's house.

According to police, Whittley took hallucinogenic drugs with a friend on the day he was last seen and because paranoid when he left that friend's house to return home.

Investigators said Whittley used a rideshare app to get home and then battled with the driver after the man missed Whittley's exit. The two ended up on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, where Whittley demanded to be let out.

The friend Whittley had just been with told police he then got a call from the panicked teen claiming the rideshare driver was trying to kidnap him.

"They’re trying to get me and I’m walking on the bridge now," Richmond police Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy said. "He also told KJ, 'I may have to jump off.' Those were the last words that KJ heard from Antoine."

Police said there hasn't been any activity on Whittley's cell phone since that call. They're now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.

"I assure you that we are committed to doing everything that we can to find Antoine, and this case will not be closed until he is located," Richmond police Chief Bisa French said.

Investigators said they look for Whittley every single day, searching the shorelines and waterways near the bridge.

"We are searching from the Point Pinole area south to Angel Island," Richmond police Sgt. Joe England said. "That consists of Marin County, Contra Costa County and a portion of Alameda County."

Since Whittley's disappearance, his family and a group of volunteers have passed out thousands of missing person flyers to help find him.

"It’s very hard on our family right now with his disappearance and we miss him," Tainitra Layne, Whittley's cousin, said. "We just want to find Antoine. We’re just crying out, begging to everyone just please help us."

Whittley is 5-foot-9, 130 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black/green pants with a camouflage stripe and a black facial covering.

Anyone with information about Whittley's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective K. Palma at 510-621-1276 or email kpalma@richmondpd.net.

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