UPDATED: At a press conference held Thursday evening, Vancouver Police have confirmed that they have found the body Walter Koenig’s son Andrew. According to Walter Koenig, Andrew committed suicide. See below for more.
UPDATE: Koenig "My son took his own life"
At the press conference going on right now (watch live at http://live.cnn.com/) Walter Koenig confirmed that Andrew’s body was found today at noon in Stanley Park. The search was conducted by a number of Andrew’s friends, with Koenig. After one of the friends found a body, Walter came to and identified the body.
Koenig noted his son was "troubled" and then emotionally stated "My son took his own life". The Star Trek actor then said the family hopes this event will be a lesson to those who have considered suicide, to learn that "people still love you."
Constable Janna McGuinness of the Vancouver police confirmed the details of the investigation and said that the park had been searched before by the police, but it was today’s search by friends and family that discovered the body. MCGuinness also said that foul play is not being considered, but said that a cause of death will be determined by the coroner.
Judith and Walter Koenig at news conference Thursday afternoon
UPDATE 2: Trek stars pay respect via Twitter
Star Trek actors William Shatner and Wil Wheaton have expressed their condolences via Twitter:
WilW: Oh my god. I just heard that Andrew Koenig’s body has been found in Vancouver. He was only 41. My heart goes out to his family.
WilliamShatner: My deepest sympathies to Andrew Koenig’s family. I will grieve with them.
LeVarBurton: Offering prayers for Walter & Judy Koenig as well as their beloved son, Andrew….
Original story: Body found believed to be Andrew Koenig
According to the reports a body was discovered in Vancouver’s Stanley Park around noon on Thursday. Police believe the body is that of Andrew Koenig. The are of the Park was Koenig’s last known location and has been the focus of search efforts. A news conference is scheduled for 5:00 PM and Walter Koenig and his wife are expected to attend.
Andrew Koenig has been missing since February 14th after visiting friends in the Vancouver area. Walter Koenig and his wife Judith flew up to Vancouver this week to help in the search effort.
Vancouver Police van parked in the area where the body was discovered
The thoughts and prayers of all of us at TrekMovie.com are with the Koenig family today.
Please also visit walterkoenigsite.com to see their tribute to Andrew and you can also leave a message on their forum with your well-wishes for the family