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Community gathers for vigil honoring Keith Aumavae, who remains missing

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Published: Nov. 9, 2017 at 3:09 PM AKST
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Vigil held for Keith Aumavae, who remains missing

UPDATE: Just days after a vigil honoring their loved one, Keith's family says his body and car have been found. The following is a statement from Jenna Aumavae posted to Facebook group, 'Search Party for Keith Aumavae': "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. 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." ORIGINAL POST: Friends and family gathered to honor Keith Aumavae, 30, who has been missing since last being seen in Palmer on Oct. 19. His loved ones ask that you please be on the lookout - there is even a $5,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. DESCRIPTION: Keith has black hair and brown eyes, is approximately 5'7", and weighs about 380 pounds. He's known to have been driving a sky blue 2001 Chrysler Sebring with Alaska license plate KAG300. He is described as having a mental illness. Call Alaska State Troopers or (907) 290-5668 to submit an anonymous tip. The public is also welcome to assist in a search that has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. at Jim Creek.

Posted by Beth Verge - KTUU on Friday, November 10, 2017

Inside the Palmer High School library Thursday night was a small crowd, united in prayer, but still separated from their brother, son, and friend Keith Aumavae, who went missing in October.

"Every time we’re sleeping, we’re just thinking, 'It’s cold outside,'" said Rachel Aumavae, one of Keith's 12 siblings. "Our brother is out there."

If the books lining the library's many shelves could talk, they might tell us more about the 30-year-old Aumavae, who graduated from Palmer High School in 2005.

But on Thursday night, it was up to the people in the room to tell his story.

"We know the struggle. We live the struggle," said Rachel Aumavae, one of Keith's sisters. "My brother… he didn't have much. But if he saw you were hungry, he'd give you his food, the shirt off his back. He'd make it a point to make sure you were okay."

Friends and family of Aumavae, as well as various community members, all gathered in the high school library to share their memories of Keith, pray for his safe return, and try to get in touch with him, too.

"If you hear this, please come home," said Keith's mother, Enike Onesemo. "We love you. We [will] never give up until you come home."

All they want, she said, is for Keith to come back.

"Keith, if you're out there," said Elizabeth Aumavae, another of Keith's sisters, "and anyone that's listening, that has info or has seen vehicles or anything, please contact us. We need our brother home."

Another search has been scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. The search will begin at Jim Creek, which is located in the Valley.

The Aumavae family is also still offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Keith, who has black hair and brown eyes, is approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, and weighs about 380 pounds. He was last seen in Palmer, reportedly on Oct. 19.

His car is a sky blue 2001 Chrysler Sebring with Alaska license plate KAG300. You can call Alaska State Troopers or (907) 290-5668 to submit an anonymous tip.