Sydney West

MISSING: Family offers $10K reward for missing teen who vanished while out of state, attending college

The family of a North Carolina teen who vanished in California is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to her whereabouts.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, 19-year-old Sydney West, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, vanished after moving to California to attend the University of California-Berkeley. She was last seen on September 30, 2020, in the area of Crissy Field, near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, at around 6:45 a.m.

On January 25, Sydney’s family offered the reward in hopes that someone will come forward. Jay West said that there were “a lot of people who were near her” on the bridge.

“We absolutely believe that somebody must know something,” Sydney’s father, Jay West, said on Facebook.

The Daily Tar Heel reports that private investigator Scott Dudek, of Brentwood, said since the announcement of the reward, around 40 to 50 tips have come in.

“Hopefully somebody will spot her on all the flyers – or the TV things – and lead us to her,” Dudek told the outlet.

Police said West stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen in a sweatshirt, white athletic shorts, and blue, slip-on Vans shoes.

Sydney West/Facebook

North Carolina authorities said West prefers to be called Syd and may be carrying a black backpack.

Anyone with information about West in San Francisco should call Scott Dudek, at (925) 705 8328 or Sergeant Horan at (415) 553 1028; in North Carolina, call Investigator Ashley Woodlief at (919) 245 2909.

For additional information on the case, visit the “Find Sydney West” Facebook page.

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[Feature Photo: Sydney West/Facebook]