Anchorage family desperate to find missing man
Richelle Binkowski is worried. Her fiancé, Li’o Tauiliili, has been missing for more than a week.
Tauiliili, who also goes by Lyken, left his Anchorage home on Oct. 29 on his way to visit a friend in Wasilla. He said he would return that night, but never did.
Since then, his phone has been turned off and he hasn’t shown up for work, which Binkowski said is unusual for him.
“He loves us and he loves his family. I don’t know why he would stay away for so long,” she said Tuesday, adding that she and Tauiliili decided last month to get married. “We had just picked out a ring, and we’ve been saving up to buy the ring. We were supposed to get married in the spring.”
The Anchorage Police Department said at this point, there is no evidence to suggest foul play is involved.
“Right now, he is listed as a missing person in our database and that way, should anyone come across him, we’ll know about it,” said APD spokesperson Renee Oistad.
APD is not actively searching for Tauiliili. The department deals with roughly 2,000 missing person and runaway cases each year.
“It’s important to remember that adults do have the right to not be found if they don’t want to be,” Oistad said. “So our number-one concern right now is to make sure that he is not missing as a result of a crime of some sort.”
Tauiliili’s family and friends posted flyers in Jewel Lake, Mountain View and Wasilla. Binkowski also spoke to the managers of stores frequented by her fiancé to see if he had recently visited.
“I want him home. We need him home,” Binkowski said. “If you know where he is, or if you know what happened, please let us know.”
She said her fiancé, who is also the father of her 8-month-old son, was not acting strangely before he went missing. Still, she is worried about whether he is safe.
“He’s a big guy and many men would be afraid of him,” Binkowski explained. “My fear is that the violence in this city and the way people have reacted, his size would have been scary to them. I’m afraid something happened.”
She said APD checked with hospitals and the Transportation Safety Administration at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, and Tauiliili was not reported to have been in any of those locations.
Tauiliili is 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 318 pounds. Anyone with information is encouraged to call APD Crime Stoppers at 907-561-7867.