Keith Aumavae, missing Palmer man, found dead
Weeks after family members say they last saw Keith Aumavae, they announced his body and vehicle had been found.
Saturday afternoon, Jenna Aumavae posted in the Facebook group formed to find Keith that the family would be laying him to rest.
"On behalf of the entire Aumavae Family, we want to thank all of you for your love and support. We’ve confirmed that Keith and his car have been found," Jenna wrote.
Keith had last been seen on October 19 outside his Palmer home. His family says he has schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder and lived alone.
Alaska State Troopers say they received a report Thursday afternoon of a vehicle at the bottom of a cliff overlooking the inlet near Knik Goose Bay Airport.
Troopers responded and found a vehicle about 100-feet down from the cliff, partially covered with silt and only accessible at low tide.
The next day, members of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group assisted troopers in reaching the vehicle and recovering Keith's body, which was found inside the vehicle.
Alaska State Troopers had been working to find Keith and his vehicle, a light blue 2001 Chrysler Sebring, over the last couple of weeks.
"I have empathy for the family and I can assure you, I can assure you, we have done everything humanly possible to find Mr. Keith," said AST Captain Tony April last week at a press conference.
A post to the Facebook group Friday, Search Party for Keith Aumavae, which has nearly 1000 members, said Saturday morning's planned search event had been canceled due to "news" the family had received but did publically not explain any further.
Saturday, Jenna Aumavae asked for prayers as the family prepares to lay Keith to rest.
"The day after our prayer vigil, God answered our prayers and brought Keith home. We are extremely thankful to the person who called in and that they were lead by God to Keith’s whereabouts.
Please continue to pray for our family as we prepare to lay him to rest and for the troopers as they investigate what happened to our dear brother.
At this time our family is asking for this time to grieve together. We appreciate all of you and will keep you posted on developments."
No further details about Keith's death have been released by authorities, and it's not clear if foul play is suspected.
"The issue, even though we're treating this as a criminal investigation, is the fact that we don't have a defined crime at this point," explained AST Sgt. Ronald Hayes said at the press conference Tuesday.
Troopers had found no evidence of foul play as of Tuesday.
Keith's body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine cause of death.
The investigation continues.
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