Family searching for Palmer man missing for 10 days
The brother of a Palmer High football standout, who later played in the NFL, has been missing for more than a week, family members say.
Keith Ben Aumavae, brother of football player Junior Aumavae, hasn’t been seen or heard from since Oct. 19, according to Family. And when they went to his Palmer-area apartment to check on him, they found that his front door was unlocked and his phone still left on its charger.
The 30-year-old was reported missing Friday, Oct. 27, the day one of his sisters went to his apartment to check on him. Neighbors say they had last seen him at the apartment, near Trunk Road by the Three Bears store, on Oct.19.
Troopers issued a missing persons alert Monday, to be on the lookout for Aumavae, who is described as being about 5-foot-8-inches tall and 380 pounds. His car, a silver 2001 Chrysler Sebring, with the license plate number of KAG300, was also not at his home.
Junior Aumavae told the Metro news site, “Keith suffers from several mental health disorders that do not allow him to live a normal stable life but his constant battle to strive to live a better life is inspiring to those that know his struggle.”
Aumave’s older sister, Elizabeth, says her brother has schizophrenia and the family is concerned that he is confused.
“I believe that that could be it, that he’s lost, confused, out there, vulnerable, or we just don’t know,” she said.
Elizabeth Aumavae says her younger brother, 1-of -13 siblings, is a “big ol’ teddy bear,” and that the family can’t imagine anyone would want to hurt him.
A search for Aumave gathered in Anchorage Sunday, though Elizabeth says they were not focusing on any targeted areas – if he were in Anchorage, he’d be at their mother’s house or a sibling’s house, she said.
There’s a Facebook Group dedicated to the search for him, organized by family members. It’s named “