Mystery over disappearance of billionaire heiress Mint Butterfield: Child of former Slack CEO

The 16-year-old child of former Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield went missing on Sunday night after running away from the family’s Marin County residence.

Mint Butterfield was last seen at home in Bolinas on Sunday at 10pm, sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Jose Suarez said Tuesday.

The teen was reported missing on Monday at 8:30am.

Mint is approximately five feet tall, weighs approximately 100 pounds, and has curly, brown-reddish hair with pierced eyebrows.

When Mint was last seen, they were carrying a grey suitcase in their hands and were dressed in a black sweater, black boots, and flannel pajama pants.

Authorities and Mint’s family suspect that after running away, Mint was headed to the San Francisco region.

In 2013, Stewart Butterfield and his group founded Slack.

The channel-based messaging platform is “used by millions to align their teams, unify their systems, and drive their businesses forward,” according to Butterfield’s Slack online bio.

In 2003, he co-founded Flickr, a website that hosted photos and videos.

“Stewart has been regularly recognized for the foresight and innovation that has helped him build two companies that have reimagined the way we use technology to communicate, collaborate, share, and store information,” his bio reads.

Deputy Jose Suarez of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office shared a statement on neighbourhood website NextDoor. It reads:

“Mint Butterfield was last seen on 4/21/24 at 2200 hours in Bolinas, CA. They were discovered missing on 4/22/24 at 0830 hours. Mint has brown/reddish curly hair and their eyebrows are pierced. They were last seen wearing a black sweatshirt, flannel pajama pants, and black boots. They possibly had a Gray suitcase with them. Mint is approximately 5’0” tall and 100 lbs.

“It is believed Mint headed to the San Francisco area after running away.

“Please contact Marin County Sheriff’s Office with any information on their whereabouts.”

Mint regularly travels to the violent Tenderloin neighbourhood in San Francisco, where he owns an address, according to the sheriff’s office.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Matt Dorsey, the teenager is likely in or near the Tenderloin neighbourhood.

“He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine, and one of the Top 50 Leaders by BusinessWeek; he has been included on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment List, the Recode 100, Advertising Age’s Creativity 50, and the Technology Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal.”

Before selling it to Yahoo in 2005, Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake, Mint’s parents, co-founded the image-hosting website Flickr in 2004.

The year 2008 saw the couple’s divorce following seven years of marriage.

Butterfield was a co-founder of Slack, an instant messaging service, in 2013.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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