Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Spencer, was an autobody man at Burnaby's Starlite autobody shop, and was taking a week's holiday, which started on June 17, 2004. His manager began to worry after the weekend when Spencer did not call in as usual. The last time he was heard from was on the morning of June 25, 2004, when he spoke to a friend over the phone.
Records from the security system at his apartment in the 1200 block of West Georgia indicate he last entered it at 12:53 that same day. However, the system only records departures if a tenant leaves by vehicle and Aoiki's truck is still in the garage. A video surveillance camera was in use in the building, but it functions on a 12-hour cycle, so any footage of Aoki leaving was recorded over. The absence of the tape leaves police little to go on, especially since none of his clothes appear to be missing and his cell phone and charge cards haven't been touched since June 25, 2004. Investigators would need a court order to look at Aoki's correspondence, which police say is difficult to get without proof of foul play.
Friends waited to file a missing person's report until July 7, 2004 because they were aware of his plans to take some time off. "They thought he was gone, but that he was going to be back," said police department spokeswoman Const. Sarah Bloor. Everyone says it's completely out of character for him to just disappear, and he has been in contact with his family, who he spoke to at least once a month.
The state of Spencer's apartment indicated he was only going to be gone for the day. Police originally did not suspect foul play, now are unsure, as there has been no sign of him.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Vancouver Police Department's Missing Persons Office
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