A mom in Branson, Missouri is determined to search out her son, who has been lacking for practically 5 months.
David Koenig, a 25-year-old beginner Blended Martial Arts fighter, was final seen on February 8, 2020, at thePeach Tree Inn on Inexperienced Mountain Drive in Branson.
David’s mom, Tracy Koenig, advised Dateline her son is pals with the proprietor of the Peach Tree Inn and had been staying there for a few nights.
“He messaged a number of of his pals asking for assist,” Tracy mentioned. “He thought he is likely to be in some form of bother. However by the point they learn the messages and tried to reply to him, he had stopped messaging. There was no reply from him.”
That was on February 8. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since.
Tracy defined that David had misplaced his cellphone, so he had lately purchased a secondhand one with simply WiFi that he used to message his family and friends.
“He’s gone off the grid earlier than, however not like this,” Tracy mentioned. “And he’s 25, so we didn’t report him lacking for a few weeks. Nevertheless it’s not like him to not contact anybody for this lengthy. It’s been months. One thing is mistaken.”
In March, David’s household reported him lacking to the Branson Police Division and a joint investigation was launched with the Missouri State Freeway Patrol.
Grasp Sergeant Danielle Heil with the Missouri State Freeway Patrol advised Dateline that David’s disappearance remains to be an lively investigation and they’re following all suggestions and leads that they obtain.
“We’ve hit lifeless finish after lifeless finish and it’s very irritating,” Sergeant Heil mentioned. “However we’re nonetheless conducting interviews and speaking with anybody who could have info that would lead us to David. We’re not giving up.”
Sergeant Heil advised Dateline investigators are taking a look at his disappearance as foul play due to the character of his Fb messages on the night time he was final seen.
“He seemed like he was in misery,” Sergeant Heil mentioned. “And wrote that he could also be in bother. This can be a six-foot-six, 240-pound man — he doesn’t simply disappear.”
Tracy advised Dateline she’s nervous that her son obtained into some form of bother or is making an attempt to guard his household by conserving his distance.
“He’s simply not somebody who would disappear. And he’s not a man that somebody might simply take down,” Tracy mentioned. “He’s a drive to be reckoned with. He’s a giant, robust man – but additionally with a giant persona and massive coronary heart. He would do something to guard his household.”
David, often known as Dave or Huge D, is the oldest of three youngsters. He’s particularly shut along with his 17-year-old sister.
“They’re so alike, they’re principally the identical individual,” Tracy mentioned. “And he hasn’t even messaged her, which could be very uncommon. She’s simply devastated by all of this.”
Tracy mentioned David spent most of his life contained in the health club, ultimately working his method to success as an beginner MMA fighter on the native circuit.
“If someone meets Dave they do not usually neglect him,” Tracy mentioned. “He’s actually well-known on this neighborhood and everyone seems to be simply nervous about him. They’ve been so supportive right now.”
Tracy advised Dateline suggestions have been trickling in, each by means of the police division tip line and thru the Fb group “Thriller of the Lacking Fighter,” however nothing that has led them to discovering David.
“It’s simply all you consider 24 hours a day. On daily basis. For months,” Tracy mentioned. “However you continue to should operate and go about your life. And that’s exhausting. For us, this has left an enormous gap in our lives.”
Tracy mentioned their household will not be giving up hope that he can be discovered.
“We simply wish to know that he’s OK,” Tracy mentioned. “Dave, when you see this, simply discover a method to come dwelling or tell us that you just’re OK.”
A $5,000 reward is being provided by the Koenig household for info that results in David’s whereabouts.
David is described as 6’6″, weighing 240 kilos with brown hair and brown eyes. He has quite a few tattoos, together with a scorpion on his proper higher arm, the phrase “OMERTA” on his chest and “The Bullpen Mafia” on his stomach.” A part of his center finger on his left hand is lacking.
Anybody with details about David’s whereabouts is requested to name the Branson Police Division at 417-334-3300.