Growing Pains Actor Still Missing
Andrew Koenig, who played Richard "Boner" Stabone on Growing Pains, was reported missing on February 18 by his father, actor Walter Koenig.
Amidst the crush of tourists that have descended onto Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics, one man has quietly disappeared. Andrew Koenig, who played Richard "Boner" Stabone on the 80s sitcom Growing Pains, was reported missing on February 18 by his father, Star Trek and Babylon 5’s Walter Koenig.
Andrew, 41, was last seen in a Stanley Park bakery on Valentine’s Day, and missed a flight home to the U.S. two days later. According to his father’s website, Andrew was suffering from clinical depression at the time of his disappearance. He had also left behind a despondent letter for his parents, given away some of his possessions prior to coming to Canada, and refused a job two weeks ago, saying he "wasn't going to work anymore."
Walter and Judy Levitt Koenig have arrived in Vancouver to assist with the search for their son. “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. "He's trying to get ahead in this business and he's been working at it a long time... He's a really good person, a great humanitarian. Everyone who knew him was very fond of him."
Vancouver Police Department Constable Tim Fanning said in an interview with CNN, “We're certainly very concerned... But there's no evidence to believe that there's foul play involved at this point." He added, "People don't just fall off the face of the map without, obviously, having some sort of problems." A statement on the VPD website indicates that police have found no cell phone or bank activity since February 16, but they remain hopeful that Andrew will be found alive and safe.
Fellow television actors, including Sarah Silverman and Alyssa Milano, have been tweeting and blogging in the hopes of getting new leads on Andrew’s whereabouts. Family members and friends will make public appeals on Larry King Live and NBC’s Today Show in the coming days. And investigators continue to follow up on the numerous tips received so far.
Andrew Koenig is 5’5 and 135 pounds with brown eyes and shoulder-length brown hair. Anyone with information on his disappearance or whereabouts is asked to call Detective Raymond Payette of the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-2534.
Let’s hope with all the extra eyes (and security cameras) on Vancouver right now, that Andrew Koenig will be found safe and sound, and soon.