On September 16th 2016, an article titled “Where is Lewis Yakich? The Man Behind The World’s First 3d Printed Hotel Suite Vanished a Year Ago Without a Trace” popped up on 3dprint.com written by Scott J. Grunewald.
Lewis' disappearance is highlighted in the article by talking about the missing hotel owner's situation and final known whereabouts, before it mentions a review of the 3D building and construction business Lewis Yakich was pioneering with the first ever hotel suite being printed on the grounds of his property, Lewis Grand Hotel, in Angeles City, Pampanga.
About the exact same time as this article, a post on 3dprintingbusiness.directory was posted with similar information, albeit a few different views and a meatier conclusion. The title of that article is “Entrepreneur Disappears After Building World’s First 3D Printed Hotel Suite.” Most of the sources in both of the articles have chosen to remain anonymous, but seem to be coming from someone close to Lewis.
Going back a year, a separate article was written about Lewis by one of Grunewald’s former contacts at 3Dprint.com. That article subsequently went viral and was picked up by the likes of USA Today and Forbes.
In questioning Lewis’ disappearance, these sources share several screenshots of what appear to be text messages between one of Lewis’ friends or business partners.
The pictures attempt to pinpoint whoever Lewis might have been with, what he might have been doing, or what his thoughts might have been before, during, or shortly after his disappearance.
This article, and the one on 3dprintingbusiness.directory highlight the problem that no one can truly tell if Lewis was the one who sent the messages that night or the weeks following, and that there seems to be a different “texting style” or syntax that might have come from someone else pretending to be Lewis instead.
It seems no one could truly know the difference. Since Lewis went missing on November 6th of 2015, any messages following November 7th would not accurately prove that it was Lewis holding the phone and messaging or if it was someone else.
The articles both create a crude timeline regarding Lewis Yakich’s sudden disappearance, coupled with a decision to sell his shares in his business ventures.
From the screenshots of the text messages Lewis says he is planned to take a trip to Thailand to “clear his head” after selling all his shares in the Yakich-Cuizon corporation. This information is despite the fact that several articles such as Inquirer and ABS-CBN reported that his passports were still here and that he had not left the country according to the U.S. Embassy. It was reported that his girlfriend had both his passports and his credit cards.
ABS-CBN mentioned that Lewis’ family in the U.S. had contacted the embassy regarding the incident.
On another website called “The Cliff Resorts Subic” a long personalized blog appeared a week ago. It seems to have nothing to do with the aforementioned story of his disappearance, but includes information that may provide more fuel for the conspiracy on why Lewis might have left or had some trouble.
The lengthy article focuses on an land grab dispute involving a beachfront property known as “The Cliff Resort” in Barrio Barretto, Olongapo, which is owned by several Filipino families based out of Manila.
In July of 2016 the article indicates that armed guards took over that property despite the fact that there were several families living on the grounds at the time. The electricity company recorded a change in the account and were scheduling disconnection for the people living on the grounds in order to help force them out.
Meanwhile, the website mentioned that Lewis offered to buy The Cliff Resort for P150M in early 2013, but apparently decided to pull out of the deal in Q3 when the funding was unavailable. After some shady deals, individual titles to the land were acquired for a total of P5M.
The entire article is written from the perspective of some kind of a hostile takeover, and appears to be done by someone who was on the ground during the events and had knowledge of court cases that were being brought against the corporation.
The website indicated that all of this information is public record in Olongapo.
In conclusion, it seems that the dispute got ugly in the end. Perhaps a reason why Lewis needed to leave town quickly was a P40,000,000 land mortgage acquired by Yakich-Cuizon Corporation based on false documentation.
Guagua Rural Bank was the lendor that put the money up for the mortgage on October 23rd 2015, and about two weeks after the loan was given no one saw Lewis in person again.
Unfortunately, no one knows what happened to Lewis, if he is living somewhere out of sight domestically, internationally, or if something sinister has happened.
Any information regarding Lewis should be directed to the Angeles City Police Station at 0932-252-8670.