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Andrew Koenig Found Dead – CNN report

February 27, 2010

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MISSING NOW FOUND: ANDREW KOENIG (Vancouver, BC)

February 24, 2010

UPDATE:  DEVASTATING NEWS

Body found in Stanley Park believed to be Koenig

VANCOUVER — Vancouver police say a body has been discovered and that it could be that of missing actor Andrew Koenig.

Police were to release more details at a news conference 5PM pt, and say Koenig’s family will be present.

Police have asked reporters to gather in Stanley Park, where the body was found at about noon.

Koenig disappeared on Feb. 14 and is best known for his Richard “Boner” Stabone role in the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains.”

On Thursday, his father, Walter Koenig, told a news conference at the Vancouver Police Department that his son suffers from depression.

Koenig, himself an actor who played the part of a Russian crew member on the original “Star Trek” TV series, implored the public to look out for his son.

All Info copied from Walter Koenig’s official website

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.

His cell phone was used on 2/16, as was his bank account, but the phone is now turned off and there has been no new activity since.

He was last seen at a bakery in the Stanley Park area of Vancouver.

Andrew is white, 5 feet 5 inches tall, 135 pounds and has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes.

Andrew Koenig, 41, was working as the video producer 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.

Walter Koenig Speaks to ABC about Andrew’s disappearance on
2/22/10

Danielle on Larry King Live 2/23/10

Andrew, best know as “Boner” from “Growing Pains”, is a funny, caring, gifted and passionate
multi-talented young man.

Andrew performs at The Improv and is the video producer for Never Not Funny, and has had roles in the movies NonSeNse, InAlienable, The Theory of Everything, Batman: Dead End, and on television in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”,. “G.I. Joe”, “My Two Dads”, “21 Jump Street”, “My Sister Sam”, and “Adam-12”. He’s edited over a dozen films and directed, produced, and written many others.

Andrew has been an activist his entire life and most recently has been working on behalf of the people of
Burma, and was arrested during the 2008 Rose Bowl parade for protesting American involvement in
China’s Olympics due to China’s support of the Burma military regime.

Andrew was suffering from clinical depression at the time of his disappearance. The last time the Koenig’s heard from Andrew by phone was on February 9. His cell phone is turned off and the last time his phone received a text was on February 16 in Vancouver. There was bank activity in Vancouver on the same day.

On Feb. 16, Walter received a letter from his son Andrew, which caused his father to grow concerned about his whereabouts because of  its despondent tone. It was also discovered that Andrew sold or gave away a number of his possessions before flying to Canada; and he refused a job two weeks earlier, saying he “wasn’t going to work anymore.”

Andrew had recently finished shooting a trailer for a feature film that he wanted to direct, and was in
Canada visiting friends: first in Toronto and then in Vancouver. Andrew was very comfortable in
Vancouver, having lived there for several years after he fell in love with the area while filming an episode
of “21 Jump Street”. Friends have reported that Andrew told them he felt Vancouver “was his true home”.

It is not believed that any specific incident prompted Andrew’s disappearance. “I think it’s something that
has been a part of his makeup for a long time. There’s no single trauma. There’s no episode. There’s
nothing of that nature,” says Walter, who added that drugs were not an issue. ” “He’s trying to get ahead
in this business and he’s been working at it a long time.” “I only want to say he’s a really good person, a
great humanitarian,” Walter said. “Everyone who knew him was very fond of him.”

Walter and his wife Judy Levitt Koenig are in Vancouver at this time.

Andrew in March 2008, with his hair back.
He may have cut his hair or be wearing it this way.

Contrary to some reports, police have no evidence that Andrew is alive and in hiding. The statement Vancouver Constable Tim Fanning gave CNN was: “There’s nothing right now to believe that anything has happened to him. We’re certainly very concerned, as (are) his family and friends. But there’s no evidence to believe that there’s foul play involved at this point.”

In addition, Fanning stated: “People don’t
just fall off the face of the map without, obviously, having some sort of problems, and we’re hoping that
maybe he’s just trying to lie low and, you know, spend some time by himself.”

Further, a police department press release stated: “There’s no new information to report in the
disappearance of Andrew Koenig. Investigators continue to follow-up on the many tips they have received. Cell phone and banking records up until the time he disappeared lead police to believe he is still in the Vancouver area. There has been no cell phone or bank activity since February 16th when he was last seen in south Vancouver. Police are still hopeful that Andrew will be found alive and safe.”

The website team urges people to rely on major news outlets (such as CNN) for accurate information: or to visit the VPD media site for the newest press release: http://vancouver.ca/media_wa/

The police stated they have received a “substantial number of tips and information” and are working
tirelessly, but have been unable to confirm any new sightings of Andrew.

Walter said of the Vancouver police and their efforts to find his son, “They have been kind, sensitive,
generous and just extraordinary. Two of their investigators are working tirelessly today on their day off. They have been wonderful and I ask people to call the number from the Vancouver Police department … if you have any information.

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM THE WALTER KOENIG WEBSITE TEAM!!!
Andrew’s disappearance has sparked an enormous and deeply heartwarming outpouring of
support by people around the world. It has touched many who also suffer or know someone
who suffers depression and may have thought of suicide, and helped give them inspiration
during their difficult times.

In response to those who are reaching out, the website team is posting here helpful
information regarding suicide. If you are considering suicide, please, if you take anything from
this event, remember that there are people who care about you who will be saddened by your
loss. Suicide is a permanent solution for a temporary problem and should never be an option.

If you are feeling desperate, alone, or hopeless… or know someone suffering, please don’t
delay…call for help.

US National Suicide Hotline – Toll-Free / 24 hours a day / 7 days a week 1-800-273-TALK –  1-800-273-8255
1-800-799-4TTY (4889) Deaf Hotline

WARNING SIGNS OF SUICIDE:

* Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
* Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
* Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
* Feeling hopeless
* Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
* Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities – seemingly without thinking
* Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
* Increasing alcohol or drug use
* Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
* Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
* Experiencing dramatic mood changes
* Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life

RED FLAG WARNING SIGNS-
* A previously depressed person who is suddenly happy. This often means they’ve come to a decision to end their life.
* Actions that signal they are planning for death:
* Giving away their possessions, particularly favorite things or things with sentimental value.
* Making out wills.
* Arranging for the care of pets.
* Extravagant spending or paying off debts.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU THINK A PERSON IS HAVING SUICIDAL THOUGHTS

* Ask the person directly if he or she (1) is having suicidal thoughts/ideas, (2) has a plan to do so, and (3) has access to lethal
means:  This won’t increase the person’s suicidal thoughts. It will give you information that indicates how strongly the person has
thought about killing him- or herself.

* Take seriously all suicide threats and all suicide attempts. A past history of suicide attempts is one of the strongest risk factors for
death by suicide.

* There is no evidence that “nosuicide contracts” prevent suicide. In fact, they may give counselors a false sense of reassurance.

* Listen and look for red flags for suicidal behavior, indicated by the mnemonic:

IS PATH WARM?
Ideation—Threatened or communicated
Substance abuse—Excessive or increased

Purposeless—No reasons for living
Anxiety—Agitation/Insomnia
Trapped—Feeling there is no way out
Hopelessness

Withdrawing—From friends, family, society
Anger (uncontrolled)—Rage, seeking revenge
Recklessness—Risky acts, unthinking
Mood changes (dramatic)

HOW TO BE HELPFUL FOR SOMEONE WHO IS TALKING ABOUT OR THREATENING SUICIDE

* If you think a person might harm him or herself, don’t leave them alone.
* Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
* Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
* Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value
of life.
* Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
* Don’t dare him or her to do it.
* Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
* Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
* Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
* Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
* Get help from persons or agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.
* Tell them you’re going to get them some help. Give him or her a helpful resource – Send 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Tell him/her t
hey
are available 24/7 for anyone in suicidal crisis in the United States
* Take his/her words seriously and respond with compassion
* Encourage him/her to reach out for help to a friend, family member, counselor, clergy and other community members
* If the person online is saying he/she is going to kill him or herself at that moment or is in the process of attempting suicide, please try

to find his/her location and call the local police or 911.