Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Avi Keys was last seen in May 2004 in Fairbanks, Alaska. he had told his father he would be gone a few days.
Avi Keys had a reason to skip town ó he was alledgedly involved in a murder ó but both his father and authorities suspect he met with foul play.
According to court records, Avi used drugs, namely methamphetamine. He had been high on methamphetamine for days when he accompanied three men on a drive down the Steese Highway on May, 13, 2004. One of those men was Jason Fisher, who is serving an 82-year prison sentence after pleading no contest to second-degree murder. The other two men were David Mason and Josiah Thurneau. Fisher reportedly shot Mason twice in the head. Keys and Thurneau helped cut up the former U.S. Army soldierís body.
Some of Masonís body parts and various cutting tools remained in the trunk of Fisherís car when Keys and Fisher were seen driving around a couple of days later.
Authorities attempted to conduct a traffic stop. A high-speed chase followed and the men ditched the car. Fisher got away but authorities caught Keys and charged him with driving under the influence, failure to stop for a peace officer and criminal mischief. Keys had been arrested once before and charged with assault and hindering prosecution.
Neither authorities or David Keys knew about the grisly evidence of Masonís killing that remained in the trunk of Fisherís car. The car was placed in an impound yard. Weeks passed before someone noticed a bad smell coming from the trunk. By then, Avi Keys was missing and presumed to have absconded. A warrant was issued for Aviís arrest after he missed court dates connected with the drunken driving arrest. Sixteen months after the killing, a grand jury indicted Fisher on a charge of first-degree murder.
Avi Keys was born in Alaska and raised in Fairbanks. He graduated from Weller Elementary School and belonged to the wrestling team at Lathrop High School. After earning his GED, he worked at Pizza Hut and a tourism company cleaning buses.
While growing up, Avi Keys left Alaska only once. When he was 3 years old, Aviís father took him to Miami to see his grandmother. Aviís mother moved to California after giving up rights to her son when he was a baby.
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