The family of a 19-year-old Chapel Hill native who went missing in California in late September has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to her return.
Sydney West went missing in the San Francisco area, where she was attending the University of California-Berkeley for her first year.
The $10,000 reward was announced on Jan. 25. The money was put up by the family.
“We absolutely believe that somebody must know something,” Jay West, Sydney’s father, said in a Jan. 25 Facebook video.
Sydney West was last seen in the early morning near the Golden Gate Bridge. She is 5’10’’ and was wearing black leggings and a teal hoodie.
Scott Dudek, a private investigator in San Francisco, said 40 to 50 new tips have come in following the announcement of the reward. The family hired Dudek to help in the search, and they are trying to funnel all information and tips through him.
“Hopefully somebody will spot her on all the flyers – or the TV things – and lead us to her,” Dudek said.
Sydney West's family has also created a Find Sydney West Facebook page to help raise awareness of her disappearance. The page has over 8,800 followers.
“There have been hundreds of posters put up, there’s been millions of views on social media,” Amy Weiss, Sydney's great-aunt, said.