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Search Continues for Missing Indian American Teen Believed to Have Jumped Off Golden Gate Bridge

Search Continues for Missing Indian American Teen Believed to Have Jumped Off Golden Gate Bridge

  • Since his son went missing, father Ashish Kelkar has been speaking with local media outlets, mentioning that his son’s bicycle and helmet were found on Golden Gate Bridge on Dec. 13.

Search and rescue operations are underway to locate Indian American teen Shreyas Kelkar who is believed to have jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge on Dec. 13. 

Kelkar, 17, lived with his family in Sunnyvale. 

Bay Area resident Ajay Jain Bhutoria, member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, confirmed that is search is ongoing and the body has not yet been found. 

A missing poster for Kelkar is widely shared on social media as well. “SOS! This is my friend’s son. Please share for maximum reach,” wrote one woman on Facebook

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Since his son went missing, father Ashish Kelkar has been speaking with local media outlets, mentioning that his son’s bicycle and helmet were found on Golden Gate Bridge on Dec. 13. He said his son was last seen hiking on the bridge before a person who heard a splash called 911. He said there is a strong suspicion that he may have jumped off the bridge but the family is praying they find him, he said, adding that a missing complaint has been filed. He said his son was sort of quiet for the past two to three months,” but he thought it was just a “teen phase.”

Thirty or more people have died from jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge each year, according to the bridge website, and efforts are underway to improve safety. However, the safety project won’t be completed until 2023.

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