UPDATE: sadly, his body has been found. He died by his own hand in Stanley Park. My thoughts are with his family, whose behavior throughout has been an example to all of noble grief and parental love and support.
Andrew Koenig, actor, producer, and activist, is missing. Last seen in a bakery near Stanley Park in Vancouver on February 14th, he was scheduled to fly home to LA on the 16th, but never checked in for his flight. According to his parents he had been in a depressed state for some time, and they received a letter on the 16th of February that has alarmed them for his safety, because of the state of mind it betrays.
He is 41 years old, has brown hair and dark brown eyes, and is very familiar with Vancouver, having lived here for a number of years. He does not have a car in Vancouver, and is apparently not contacting his friends here, so is probably dependent on public transit. He has friends in the burlesque scene, but apparently hasn’t contacted any of them since the 14th. With hundreds of thousands of people in town for the Olympics, he could easily slip among the crowds, just another tourist.
UPDATE: TMZ reports that (possibly erroneous, of course) sightings have been coming in from all over the Vancouver and Gulf Islands area, and the cops say they are looking for “a living person.” They appear to have information about the use of his ATM card and phone which leads them to this conclusion, rather than the conclusion that a third party has stolen and used them. Given the cautious nature of the police, and the reticence with which they give out information like this, I’d have to say they wouldn’t normally say such a thing unless they were certain well beyond a reasonable doubt.
UPDATE: Radar has information from a New York-based friend of Andrew’s who says he returned borrowed items before he left and turned down new work opportunities, which the friend is taking as a bad sign.
Brooklyn-born filmmaker Lance Miccio said Koenig returned a book and other personal items to his doorstep and turned down two new editing jobs before leaving to visit friends in Vancouver. “I asked him to work on a couple gigs last time we spoke (Feb. 4), and he just refused. It was unusual. He was kind of fed up with the Hollywood business,” Miccio said. “He was a really talented guy, but he may have just said enough is enough and gone off into the wild. He was a nature boy. I keep hoping for a happy ending,” he said
He hasn’t posted any links to his Facebook profile since January, and the most recent activity on the eBay account he used is a testimonial from a buyer dated January 21. It appears he last signed in to YouTube four weeks ago, to upload a trailer for Run for Your Life, an independent web series he had hoped to develop.
This is a web pilot I made a few years back with my old improv group. It spoofs spy shows like Alias and 24 with a dash of Sid & Marty Krofft.
His father, Walter Koenig, has reworked his own site and dedicated it to the search for his son. The below is from that site.
If you’ve seen Andrew since February 14th, contact Detective Raymond Payette of the Vancouver PD at 604-717-2534.
PLEASE COPY and RE-POST THE INFORMATION BELOW!!!:
Andrew Koenig, the son of Star Trek actor Walter Koenig, is missing. The last time Andrew
Koenig was seen was on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Andrew Koenig never boarded his flight back to the US, and he hasn’t heard from since then.
He was last seen at a bakery in the Stanley Park area of Vancouver.
Andrew Koenig, 41, was working as a camera operator on the show “Never Not Funny” as well
as doing improv in Los Angeles. Best known as “Boner” from “Growing Pains”, Andrew also
had a role in “Deep Space Nine”, and is a talented actor director, editor and photographer as
well as a passionate activist. In 2008, he was arrested at the Rose Bowl while protesting
China’s part in the genocide in the country of Burma.
This is a serious matter that has Koenig’s friends and family gravely concerned. If you have
seen him, emailed him or had any contact after the 14th or spent time with him during his stay
in Vancouver please call Detective Raymond Payette of the Vancouver PD at 604-717-2534.
Please share this and send prayers and positive thoughts. If you wish to leave Walter a note,
visit his site at: http://www.walterkoenigsite.com