Deadliest Catch star Jake Anderson has been have a difficult time since the mysterious disappearance of his father Keith, who has been missing for two months.
“I just want to know what happened to my dad,” said Jake. “I want to bring my father home. He wouldn’t give up on us, and I’m not going to give up on him. I just don’t know what to do. We need help, and I hope that someone out there will help give us some sort of closure.”
Keith is a 63-year-old retired high school counselor from Anacortes, Washington and supposedly, he had an addiction to Oxycontin.
“He came to my house that morning, and we had our regular cup of coffee together,” said Keith’s son, Chris. “Afterward, he ran some errands for his family and moved a washer and dryer for one of his daughters. He then went to meet an acquaintance.”
The acquaintance was providing him with the drugs. Keith’s family claims that he had been in constant pain and suffering from serious bouts of depression.
“He was originally prescribed it for a rotator cuff surgery; then, about six months later, he broke four ribs and it was prescribed again,” continued Chris. “In my personal opinion, they [doctors] give it out too easy. He had been fighting to get off the drug, but it was difficult with the pain he was experiencing, coupled with the pressures he was under.”
It is possible that he was under immense pressure as the one-year anniversary of his daughter’s death was approaching. Keith’s daughter, Chelsea Dawn Anderson, died unexpectedly at 37-years-old from complications of pneumonia. She had also suffered most of her life with rheumatoid arthritis.
“He always felt that my sister’s disease was his fault,” Jake divulged. “He always took care of her, and he never liked to see kids hurt. He would rather be the one hurting.”
On January 6th, Keith never returned home.
“Normally, he would go out and get the pills and be back about three or four hours later, but, that day, he never came back,” said Chris. “One of his acquaintances later said he last saw him in Sultan, which is about 120 miles from where he lives, and that was the last time anyone claims to have seen him.”
Everyone became concerned because after 43 years of marriage, he had never spent a night away from his wife. His cell phone was found in a puddle of mud near the house.
On January 13th, around 200 people gathered for a candlelight vigil in honor of Keith. Posters have been put up and there has been no activity on any of his bank or credit card accounts.
His truck was found a week later abandoned on the side of a remote logging road northwest of Darrington. The truck was locked and the keys were inside. And what is even more odd was that the truck was was high-centered, meaning it was stuck between two logs.
“Someone had tried to get it out,” said Chris. “You can see where it dug in. There was a rut on each side of the road.”
“The keys that were left in the truck had blood on them, but the detectives won’t give us any more information about them,” Jake said.
“My relationship with my dad has always been good,” he continued. “He is the one who taught me how to work hard and earn everything. He has always taken good care of my mom and all the kids. He was a real family man. I miss him and want to know what happened.”
Our thoughts are with the family.
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