Avi Keys

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Above Images: Keys, circa 2004

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 2004 from Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: February 12, 1985
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Keys was last seen in Fairbanks, Alaska sometime in the latter half of May 2004. On May 13, Keys went for a ride down Steese Highway with Jason Fisher, David Mason and Josiah Thurneau. All four of the men were on a methamphetamine binge and had been high for days. During the car ride, Fisher shot Mason twice in the head and Thurneau helped him dismember the body. The motive for the murder is unclear.

    A couple of days later, police attempted to stop Keys and Fisher for a traffic offense. Mason's body parts were in the trunk of the car, and the men fled in their vehicle, leading authorities on a high-speed chase. The police caught Keys and charged him with driving under the influence, failure to stop for a peace officer and criminal mischief. Fisher got away. When Keys's father bailed him out of jail, Keys told him he was going away for a few days.

    Police impounded the car when they arrested Keys, but they didn't search it. Weeks passed before someone noticed the smell in the impound lot, opened the trunk and discovered the corpse. By then, Keys was missing and was presumed to have fled to avoid prosecution for the charges related to the police chase. About a year passed before Mason's body was identified. Fisher later pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and is serving 82 years in prison. He says he doesn't know Keys's whereabouts. Thurneau testified against Fisher and was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his cooperation.

    Warrants were issued for Keys's arrest after he missed court dates in connection with the police chase charges. He has a prior arrest record for assault and hindering prosecution. Although investigators initially believed Keys was hiding from the law, foul play is now suspected in his case. Most fugitives get in touch with their family to let them know how they are, but Keys's loved ones haven't heard from him since he went missing. It's unclear whether his disappearance is connected to Mason's murder.

    Keys grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. His mother gave up her rights to him soon after his birth and he was raised by his father. Prior to his disappearance, Keys had left the state only once; he visited a relative in Florida when he was a toddler. He dropped out of Lathrop High School and received his GED. He worked at Pizza Hut and at a tourism company afterward. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers
    Fairbanks Office
    907-451-5100

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    Source Information
    Alaska Department of Public Safety
    The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 6, 2009; details of disappearance updated.

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