VIDEO: Troopers, family search for missing Palmer man
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Alaska State Troopers told reporters Tuesday afternoon that they're doing all they can in the search for
, who is the brother of former NFL player Junior Aumavae.
"It is a wilderness situation," Lt. Chris Thompson told reporters at an afternoon news conference. "This is a little difficult, we have a gentleman that (had) a vehicle potentially. We started days after he was last seen, he could have driven the car away along the highway."
According to family, no one has seen or heard from Keith Aumavae since Oct. 19. He was first reported missing to authorities on Oct. 27.
Five days after he was reported missing a Silver Alert was issued for Aumavae on Nov. 1. The family said that he was initially denied a Silver Alert.
Family members of the missing man say it's now been 19 days, and more needs to be done. They say they believe this is more than a missing persons case and that Troopers should do more than treat it like someone who just walked away.
Aumavae's family also said that he suffers from schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder.
"There are some stories that do not match up what the facts are with Keith missing," said Junior Aumavae. "Keith just does not go missing and not contact one of our sisters, not contact any of us. He is a 380-pound man, he is a big dude. It is kindof hard to just disappear."
The family says they will keep searching until they find their brother.
Alaska State Troopers say they continue to look for Aumavae. They reiterated that they wanted the public to know that they continue to search.
Troopers say it's a difficult search because Aumavae's car is also missing and there's no defined search area.
Keith Aumavae 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, is also missing, according to AST.