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article imageStar Trek star Walter Koenig's son missing in Vancouver

By Salim Jiwa     Feb 22, 2010 in World
Star Trek star Walter Koenig is desperately looking for help in finding his 41-year-old son Andrew Koenig who is missing in Vancouver. Walter Koenig played Chekov on Star Trek. Andrew, known for his role in Growing Pains, disappeared Feb 14.
VANCOUVER – Veteran actor and Star Trek star Walter Koenig has made a desperate plea for help in finding his 41-year-old son Andrew – himself a TV star from the series Growing Pains – who is missing in Vancouver.
Koenig said on his website that Andrew has been missing since Valentine’s Day and was last seen at a bakery near Stanley Park. There was also a text message on his cellphone on Feb. 16 but since then his cell phone has been off and no one has heard from him.
The elder Koenig, who played Pavel Chekov on Star Trek, said: “Andrew was suffering from depression at the time of his disappearance. The last time the Koenigs 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.”
“On Feb. 16, Walter received a letter from his son Andrew, which caused his father to grow concerned about his whereabouts because of it’s despondent tone,” said Walter Koenig on his personal website.
“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,” the missing actor’s father said.
“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,” said Koenig, who added drugs were not a problem.
“Andrew, best known as “Boner” from “Growing Pains”, is a funny, caring, gifted and passionate multi-talented young man,” Koenig said about his son.
“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,” he said.
Andrew Koenig was to fly home on the 16th. But he did not board his flight.
Koenig, best known for playing Richard Stabone on the TV hit series ‘Growing Pains’ was supposed to return home to Venice, Vancouver police said.
“Andrew Koenig, 41, is a Venice, California resident, who was visiting friends in South Vancouver. He was scheduled to return home on February 16 and Vancouver Police were notified on February 18th after he didn’t arrive,” said Const. Tim Fanning, a spokesman for Vancouver Police.
“Andrew has recently been despondent and his family and friends are concerned for his well-being. He is white, 5’5” tall, 135 lbs., with long, brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes,” police said.
“Andrew, who once lived in Vancouver, liked walking in Stanley Park, but police believe he could be anywhere in the Vancouver area,” said Fanning.
Anyone who sees Andrew or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911.
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