In search of the missing YouTube star Etika, who disappeared last week after leaving a video in which he alluded to attempting to commit suicide, an unknown person was found in the East River, New York.

The body was found around 18:20. ET on Monday near Pier 16 in Manhattan, near the Brooklyn Bridge. Video of witnesses showed police picking up the corpse from the East River.

There is no word about the identity of the victim, and a police spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The scene is about 800 meters from the Manhattan Bridge, where Etika's personal belongings were found.

Other details were not immediately known.

Etika, whose real name is Desmond Amofah, has a history of mental health problems and was last heard on Wednesday evening. Hours later, an 8-minute video was automatically uploaded to YouTube, in which he alluded to attempting to commit suicide.

The New York Police Department confirmed on Saturday night that Etika's personal property was found on Manhattan Bridge. This included his cell phone and other personal belongings.

If you or anyone you know needs help, contact the US Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-8255), a free 24-hour service, the suicide or its support environment, information and local resources. If you are in the United Kingdom, call the Samaritans at 116123.

YouTube star Etika, whose real name is Desmond Amofah (Photo credit: NYPD)
Pier 16 near the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan (Credit: Google)