The family of Andy Teuber released a statement on Thursday expressing sorrow for his loss, two days after he disappeared while piloting a helicopter en route to Kodiak.
In the statement, the family described Teuber was a “talented, energetic, successful, and proud” Alaskan, as well as a “loving, kind, and gregarious father, brother, cousin, partner, and spouse.”
“We cannot express in words the depth of our sorrow for his loss. We will have many occasions to share our happy memories of this remarkable man with his many friends and associates, and we will announce the arrangements in future communications,” the statement said.
Teuber’s disappearance was first reported on Tuesday evening, when a family member notified the Coast Guard at 5 p.m. that he had left Anchorage’s Merrill Field Airport at 2:09 p.m. with intentions of traveling to Kodiak, and was overdue at his intended destination.
The Coast Guard launched a search that evening, but after more than 13 hours covering approximately 888 square nautical miles, the crews called off the effort without locating the helicopter.
Teuber had abruptly resigned last week from his position as the CEO of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the University of Alaska Board of Regents without disclosing a reason.
However, on the day of Teuber’s disappearance, ProPublica published an article reporting that Teuber’s former assistant, 27-year-old Savanah Evans, had delivered a letter to the consortium describing abusive behavior, harassment and coerced sexual encounters by Teuber.
The family’s statement on Thursday said, “We regret at this difficult time that we are also compelled to address the unfair, hateful, untrue, and malicious attacks recently published against Andy.”
“We feel that these attacks do not describe the extraordinary man whose loss we mourn so deeply. There is much more to be said on this, but for now we request the space and time to mourn and remember our Andy as the great man we knew him to be,” the statement said.