When Venus Renshaw told us that with tears in her eyes in February of 2004, her brother Austin had already been missing four months.
October 26, 2006 marked the third anniversary of of the Maple Valley man's disappearance. His car was found abandoned in the parking lot of Chinook Middle School in SeaTac. And in the first months of the investigation detectives were led to believe the 22 year old had likely been murdered.
Now these three years later Austin's aunt Laurice Dorman is among those begging for answers.
"I just wish somebody would come forward and tell us where he is," she said. "If they have any heart at all they would."
She was part of a large gathering of family and friends at the Maple Valley Community Center on Thursday night to mark the third anniversary of Austin's mysterious disappearance. His father Lorne Renshaw, who has since accepted the fact this his son is probably dead, begged for the chance to at least find his son's body.
"I believe this has happened in my heart," he said. "And I just want to find him and bring him home."
Now the Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound reward for information in the case is up to $10,000. And at the Thursday night vigil, Austin's face and the Crime Stopper's reward poster were unveiled on a rolling billboard: a truck outfitted with illuminated posters offered by Gomobile Advertising.
"Austin deserves this," said Lorne Renshaw standing in front of the truck. "And we're doing what we can."
Lorne Renshaw, a professional musician, offered a prayerful song to his son at the candlelight vigil. Austin's mom Debbie Eklund offered the hope she has left.
"I know that no matter where my son is, where our Austin is, he is with the Lord and the Lord is walking with him whether he is in heaven or he is alive. I know that the Lord is walking with my son."
If he is alive, Austin Renshaw would now be 25. He is 6'1" and 160 lbs. He has hazel eyes and a 1 1/2" by 2" tattoo of a Chinese character under his left forearm.
If you have any information that can help with this case you are asked to call Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound at 1-800-CRIME-13 (1-800-274-3313). All calls are confidential. If a caller wishes to remain anonymous they are assigned a pin number of their choosing. If their information leads to Austin's recovery or charges filed in the case that confidential pin number is used to access reward funds.
"Hopefully bring closure to this case," said Myrle Carnan of Crime Stoppers of Puget Sound. "Hopefully find Austin alive. It's happened before. But the longer it goes the harder it is. It's got the wrong signs," he said of the homicide investigation, "but the fact is maybe he's out there somewhere yet."