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Missing St. George Man

By Trina Cobbley

(Story Updated: Dec 23, 2009 )

Steven Koecher, a resident of St. George, has been reported missing while in the Las Vegas, Nevada metro area. He was last heard from on December 13, 2009. His car was located in Henderson, Nevada abandoned.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Koecher should contact either the St. George Police Department at (435) 627-4300 or Las Vegas Metropolitan Police at (702) 229-2907 or (702) 828-3111.

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Utah Man Missing In Henderson

30-Year-Old Last Seen In Sun City Anthem

POSTED: 8:25 am PST December 24, 2009

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Police are trying to find a 30-year-old man from St. George, Utah, who was last seen Dec. 13 in the Sun City Anthem area of Henderson.

Investigators in St. George said Steven T. Koecher's car was found Dec. 15 in a residential neighborhood.

He was also seen in footage recorded from a nearby outdoor video surveillance system.

Koecher is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Mr. Koecher should contact either the St. George Police Department at (435) 627-4300 or Las Vegas Metropolitan Police at (702) 229-2907 or (702) 828-3111.

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St. George man reported missing in Nevada

December 30th, 2009 @ 4:39pm

ST. GEORGE -- Nevada officials are working with St. George police to help find a missing Utah man.

Steven Koecher was last seen Dec. 13 in Henderson, Nev. KCSG-TV reports he was washing windows and putting up Christmas trees in the area when he vanished. His car was found two days later.

Koecher's phone has been turned off, and there's been no activity in his bank account. He had been living in the St. George area since April and has family in Bountiful.

If you have any information on where Koecher might be, contact the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4301.

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Former Amarillo high student reported missing 

Wednesday, December 30, 2009 at 4:46 p.m.

A former Amarillo High school student Steven T. Koecher has been missing since December 13th. Koecher who is 30-years old now lives in St. George, Utah and was last seen in the Sun City Anthem area of Henderson, Nevada.

According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune investigators in St. George said Koecher's car was found December 15 in a residential neighborhood. He was also seen in footage recorded from a nearby outdoor video surveillance system.

Koecher is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair.

Koecher graduated from Amarillo High School in 1998.

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Search For Missing St. George Man Intensifies

Steven L. Koecher Missing St. George Man

By Morgan Skinner

Story Created: Dec 31, 2009

(Story Updated: Dec 31, 2009 )

The search for a missing St. George man Steven T. Koecher, 30, has intensified over the past few days with police and volunteers from the Nevada Center For Missing Loved Ones searching the Sun City Anthem area of Henderson, Nevada where he was last seen.

Rolfe Koecher, the man's father, told KCSG Television news the search has included specially trained search dogs, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police helicopter searches near where Koecher was last seen exiting his car in an upscale Henderson, NV neighborhood. Koecher says there has been no sign of his son since December 15th when his car was discovered parked in a cul-de-sac of the residential neighborhood of Sun City Anthem in Henderson. He said there has been no activity on his son's cell phone or credit cards.

Keocher's mysterious disappearance has law enforcement puzzled. Henderson Police Detective Rob MacKay says the case is unusual because there is no indication Koecher had any personal problems that sometimes is a prelude to disappearances.

Koecher is described as about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 180 pounds with blue eyes and blond hair. Anyone with any information about him is asked to contact the St. George Police at (435) 627-4301 or Henderson Police at (702) 267-5000.

Koecher's family, friends and volunteers from the Nevada Center For Missing Loved Ones based in Henderson are planning additional search activity during the New Year weekend.

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Exclusive: ABC4 talks to parents of 30-year old Utah man missing

Reported by: Christiana Brady

Last Update: 1/06 9:06 pm

Susan Powell is not the only missing Utahan.  30- year old Steven Koecher has been missing about as long as Susan under circumstances that detectives are saying "just don't line up."  ABC4 spoke exclusively with Koecher's parents at their home in Bountiful. 

   

Steven was last seen in the town of Hendersen, just outside Las Vegas.  What's troubling, his parents say, is there are no indicators that say he would've just abandoned those close to him.  After almost a month of tracing dead-ends, his parents are beginning to fear he might have disappeared without a trace.

Koecher’s mom, DeAnne, says, “When we have something that we're working toward we have a little bit of hope, but the nights are very, very long.† His Dad, Rolf, adds, “When they're no longer kids, you don't worry so much, when they grow up, you know...I guess you always have to worry.† In fact, worry is all they've done since Steven, a St. George resident, first disappeared on December 13th.

His white 2003 Chevy Cavalier had been sitting in the cul de sac of a upscale Hendersen, Nevada retirement community for four days.  A nearby resident who is a retired US Marshal, has a video surveillance system he keeps running at his home.  The video shows Steven walking away from his car the morning he disappeared. His mom says, “He looks very purposeful, doesn't look disoriented, looks like he has a reason to be there.â€

As for any other signs showing Steven might have felt troubled, his mom says they had spoken to him recently and they had a typical conversation.  She says, “Nothing in my heart says he would stay away from us on purpose….Thirty years old, and probably wasn't exactly where he wanted to be in life, but handling it.â€

The Las Vegas, Henderson and Saint George police agencies are all working the case.  Just last week, police searched with helicopter, ATV’s, even door to door canvassing.  Much like Susan Powell, the search for Steven Koecher has also gone viral.  His family has started the “Help find Steven Koecher†facebook page.

Steven is described at 5'10, 180 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes and fair skin.  He was last seen wearing white tennis shoes and a dress shirt.

If you have any information, the Koechers are asking you to please call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-5000.

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Utah Family Searches Las Vegas Area for Missing Son

Posted: Jan 10, 2010 6:53 PM EST Updated: Jan 11, 2010 10:23 AM EST

LAS VEGAS -- A Utah family is frantically searching for their son after his car was found in an Henderson neighborhood. The 30-year-old has been missing since the middle of December and right now his family is looking for any clues.

Chris Steven Koecher's parents say he never mentioned a trip to Las Vegas. That is why they were shocked to get a call last month saying their son's car had been parked in a Anthem neighborhood for days.

"Nothing has been the same since that minute", said Deanne Koecher, Chris's mother.

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If you have any information about Steven Koecher, please contact the St. George, Utah Police dispatch at (435) 627-4300 or the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Missing Persons at (702) 229-2907.

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Investigation remains open for missing Utah man

Associated Press - January 11, 2010 6:15 PM ET

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) - The mother of a Utah man who was last seen in Nevada last month says his disappearance doesn't make sense.

Deanne Koecher says her son, 30-year-old Steven Koecher of St. George, was having some financial problems but that he had no addictions or other issues.

Steven Koecher was last seen Dec. 13 in a homeowner's surveillance video leaving his car in a residential area in Henderson, Nev.

A police investigation, searches of the surrounding desert and the efforts of family and friends haven't led to any substantive leads.

St. George police Lt. James Van Fleet says the investigation is still open.

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St. George Man still Missing

By Tara Theobald

Story Created: Jan 14, 2010

(Story Updated: Jan 14, 2010 )

Steven Koecher has been missing for more than a month now and authorities are no closer to finding out what happened to this St. George man.

The family doesn't suspect that anyone would want to try and hurt him.

Koecher's dad said members of his LDS ward have brought quotes that he has said during church talks to the family, saying, he has touched their lives.

In order to understand and find out more about the disappearance of their son the Koecher's talked to a psychologist who said there is no indication that the disappearance was a suicide.

Friends and family have set up a facebook account hoping that someone out there will recognize him and bring information to the case.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Koecher is asked to contact either the St. George Police Department 627-4300 or Las Vegas Metropolitan Police at (702) 229-2907

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Name:  Steven Koecher

Date of Birth:  11/01/1979

Date Missing:  12/13/2009

Age at time of disappearance:  30

City Missing From:  Henderson

State Missing From:  Nevada

Gender:  Male

Race:  Caucasian

Height:  5 ft 11 in

Weight:  180

Hair Color:  Blonde

Eye Color:  Blue

Complexion:  Fair

Identifying Characteristics: Series of birthmarks on his abdomen in the shape of a Nike swoosh.

Clothing:  Dockers and white shirt with tennis shoes

Circumstances of Disappearance:  He was seen leaving his home in St. George, Utah on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 10:30 p.m. He spoke to two friends via cell phone on Sunday, December 13, 2009 telling them he was in Las Vegas, but could come back if needed. His car, a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, white, Utah license plate A728WL, was reported abandoned Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2647 Savannah Springs, Henderson NV. A homeowners' surveillance camera recorded his car arriving in the area on Sunday, December 13, 2009, and someone matching Steven's description walking past the home. His cell phone, wallet, and passport are missing.

Medical Conditions:  None

Investigative Agency:  St.George Police Department

Agency Phone:  (435) 627-4319

Investigative Case #:  09P033271

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Inside Story - Thousands have come to our aid

by Rolf D. Koecher Jan 14, 2010

Saturday night my wife and I were sitting in our Las Vegas hotel room, watching the 11 p.m. news. The lead story was about two parents pressing a search for their missing 30-year-old son. It was quite lengthy, detailed and dramatic.

But it was also totally surreal. Those two people on camera couldn’t possibly have been us...but they were. We had just talked with TV reporters less than three hours before, but we still had difficulty comprehending what was happening to us.

To quickly recap, we received a call from Henderson, Nev., police on Dec. 17 that our son Steven’s car had been left in an upscale retirement community for four days.

We arrived there within hours, only to discover that police in St. George (where my son was living) and Henderson didn’t take things very seriously at first. Our first days consisted of a lonely vigil as we went door-to-door, searching the neighborhood by ourselves.

By the next week, however, mighty forces came to our aid. Both Henderson and Las Vegas Metro Police launched an all-out armada, combing the area with searchers on ATVs plus police dogs, and even a helicopter in the air. They scoured ravines, ditches, drainage channels, tunnels and other rough terrain.

Police and volunteers from the Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones simultaneously conducted a door-to-door search of the neighborhood around where my son disappeared, talking with people and leaving flyers at hundreds of homes. The next day, they did it again.

We followed up this effort with a team of about eight of our relatives checking in a wider search pattern and combing area homeless shelters. We also searched area hiking trails and several days later joined a group of public-spirited Las Vegas residents in exploring additional trails.

We’ve been greatly helped by police Det. Rob McKay, who not only joined the major searches but also conducted another search of his own through some highly rugged terrain. He has been expending extensive effort, even taking his personal time to meet with us on Saturdays.

In the meantime, our extended family launched the “Help Us Find Steven Koecher†page on Facebook, which has attracted more than 13,000 members.

Last week was also a monumental time in the media. What had started as a lonely vigil has become the subject of articles in the Salt Lake Tribune, the Deseret News, the Spectrum and Today in Dixie in St. George, and the Las Vegas-Review Journal, among others.

Along the way, we did interviews with television stations, including Channel 4 in Salt Lake City and Channel 8 in Las Vegas. Several TV channels in both cities had also previously broadcast my son’s photo and told the story of his disappearance.

We are now focusing on an effort being launched in Las Vegas this week. The city’s Anderson Dairy has agreed to put Steven’s face on its milk cartons, doing so largely as a personal favor. But due to interest by Las Vegas police, we hope to expand this program to include other missing persons as well.

None of this can fully tell the tale of the outpouring from strangers and friends. But we are greatly heartened by the magnitude of the effort we sense. We are uncomfortable at being at the center of this vortex, but strengthened by its existence. It’s something we couldn’t have imagined during those first days when we felt so totally alone.

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Where is Steven Koecher?

Stephen Jackson, Online News Editor

Updated: Jan 23, 2010 9:42 PM CST

HENDERSON, Nev. -- Steven Koecher pulled his car into a Sun City Anthem neighborhood in Henderson, parked at the end of a cul-de-sac and walked away.

That was on December 13, 2009. He hasn't been seen since.

Koecher lived in St. George, Utah, and so it's the location where he went missing that baffles his family and friends most of all. The last known images of Koecher were captured by a home surveillance system in the Sun City neighborhood where his car was parked. On the video tape, he's seen turning a corner, crossing the street and walking out of the frame.

This is one of last clues of Koecher's whereabouts. He had no ties to the area.

"We have no idea why he was there. We've checked text messages and voicemail messages. No calls were tied to this," said Koecher's mother, Deanne.

Koecher moved to St. George in April of 2009. The 30-year-old was tired of the gloomy Salt Lake City winters and working the graveyard shift. He left a job at the Salt Lake Tribune to pursue employment in warmer climes. A devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Koecher found a community ready to take him in and help him stay on his feet. But finding work in a small town during the Great Recession proved tougher than he anticipated. "He had a hard time looking for a job. There were hundreds of people applying for the same jobs he was applying for," said his mother.

The job hunt is what family members think may have brought Koecher to the Las Vegas Valley.

In the days after Koecher's disappearance, his cousin, K.C. Naegle, started a Facebook group called "Help Us Find Steven Koecher."

Click here to read more: http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11852528

If you have seen Steven Koecher, call the Henderson Police Department at 267-4750 or the St. George Police Department at 435-627-4301.

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Family, Police Search for Missing Utah Man

Posted: Feb 02, 2010 12:44 AM EST Updated: Feb 02, 2010 2:38 AM EST

HENDERSON, Nev. - Police are searching for clues into the disappearance of a man from St. George, Utah. 30-year-old Steven Koecher vanished from a Henderson neighborhood nearly two months ago.

Koecher never told anyone of his trip to Las Vegas, nor did he have any known connections to the area. On December 13, 2009, Koecher disappeared. The only traces of his time in Las Vegas are his car and a surveillance video from Sun City Anthem that shows him parking his car in an upscale neighborhood. Police found Christmas presents inside Koecher's abandoned car. His family believes he intended to return home to St. George. For some reason, he didn't.

Koecher's family members are baffled by the lack of clues to his whereabouts. "Everything stops on Sunday, December 13," Koecher's cousin Jeff Bradshaw said. "He was an active member of his church. He was an all around good kid. There was just no indication from many of the family members that he had a side that they didn't know about." "The police who have been investigating say this is one of the more difficult cases they've seen in many years of their detective work," Koecher's father Rolf Koecher said.

Click here to read more: http://www.lasvegasnow.com/Global/story.asp?S=11916956

Those with information on Koecher's whereabouts are urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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Utah man's disappearance in Vegas area unsolved

Associated Press - February 2, 2010 3:45 PM ET

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - A family member says he's baffled by the disappearance of a 30-year-old Utah man who authorities say was last seen walking away from his vehicle in a Las Vegas-area neighborhood almost two months ago.

Jeff Bradshaw says it's like everything about his cousin, Steven Koecher, simply stopped on Dec. 13.

Koecher told no one back home in St. George, Utah, about a trip to Las Vegas or any connections in the area.

A surveillance video from Sun City Anthem shows him parking and leaving his car in an upscale neighborhood. It was a Sunday. Police found Christmas presents inside.

Henderson police say they have absolutely no evidence of foul play.

Now, Anderson Dairy is featuring Koecher's photo on milk cartons - in hopes that someone will recognize him.

Those with information on Koecher's whereabouts are urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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Search continues for missing S. Utah man

By Mark Havnes

The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 02/03/2010 07:19:24 PM MST

The search for Steven T. Koecher, who has been missing since Dec. 13, got a boost this week with a picture and description of the St. George resident appearing on milk cartons in some stores in the southern Utah city and in the Las Vegas area where he was last seen.

Police in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev., have searched the desert near where a person believed to be Koecher was seen walking away from his car in an upscale neighborhood. But those searches turned up nothing on the 30-year-old.

"Why was he there is the million-dollar question," said his father, Rolf Koecher, on Monday.

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New push to find missing Utah man

Reported by: Annie Cutler Last Update: 2:34 am

ST. GEORGE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Milk cartons and YouTube are both are being used to take action to find a missing Utah man. 30 year old Steven Koecher has been missing since December 13th.

For the first time in many years a missing person is pictured on Anderson Dairy milk cartons. On the half gallon cartons is Steven Koecher. He’s been missing for almost two months and family members hope having his photo in thousands of homes across Las Vegas and St. George will lead to new information.

Deanne Koecher says, “To think that the coverage that more people will be seeing my son’s face, more people may be exposed to the fact that he's missing, more people will be able to tell us something or give us a clue that might help us find him.â€

Part of this new push to find Koecher includes a YouTube public service announcement from the Henderson, Las Vegas police department. Rolf Koecher says, “We need more eyes looking for him in Las Vegas. It's just a daunting, daunting thing just to drive by yourself and go from neighborhood to neighborhood which we have done many, many times.â€

Surveillance video shows Koecher walking away from his car in Henderson the morning he disappeared. His white Chevy Cavalier then sat in the cul-de-sac of the upscale neighborhood for four days.

At this point police say there are no signs of foul play. After going through Koecher's car, paper-work, cell phone records, and computer his parents tell us nothing suggests he planned any kind of escape. Deanne Koecher says, “We're open to that there was another life but nothing points to that at this point.â€

The family is holding on to hope that Koecher will be found safe. They’re depending on the public to help in their search. Koecher's picture and information will be on those milk cartons for the next several weeks.

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Police, dairy join forces to find missing person

Feb 04, 2010

LAS VEGAS — Milk cartons across southern Nevada and Utah have begun displaying the face of Steven T. Koecher, 30, as part of a cooperative effort by the Henderson Police, Las Vegas Metro Police and Anderson Dairy.

Koecher, a St. George man and former Bountiful resident, has been missing in the Las Vegas area since Dec. 13. He will be featured on the dairy’s half-gallon cartons for the next several weeks.

“We are hopeful that residents of the Las Vegas area will take notice of the milk cartons and call the police if they spot someone matching Steven’s description, said Deanne Koecher, Steven’s mother. “We are even alerting news media in Utah because he used to live and work here.”

Already, tips have been called in following recent stories in the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City media. Employees at a restaurant near Flamingo and the Boulder Highway have reported seeing a person matching his description at least three weeks in a row, prompting this parents and extended family members recently to post a vigil at the restaurant for several nights, but the person did not show up.

“We were just grateful that someone took the time to watch for Steven,” said Deanne Koecher. “Several employees told us they’d seen this individual who looked much like Steven, but key descriptions did not match, and one of them even said she felt the mysterious customer was definitely not Steven. It is our opinion that this person looked much like Steven but that it was not him; however, we greatly appreciate the alertness of all the restaurant employees.”

Steven’s parents and extended family members also combed nearby restaurants, stores and casinos while they were in Las Vegas recently, but did not find Steven. They even talked with homeless people at Las Vegas area shelters and at informal homeless camps.

The effort was touched off after Koecher’s car had been found abandoned for four days in the Sun City Anthem area of Henderson in December. Koecher’s parents immediately reported him missing and launched a private search of the neighborhoods near the abandoned vehicle. In late December, a wide air and ground search was launched by Henderson Police in tandem with Las Vegas Metro Police.

Henderson police searched in a wide radius around Sun City Anthem for two days, using police dogs and searchers on all-terrain vehicles to examine culverts, drainage basins, ditches, gullies and other rough terrain. Meanwhile, police and volunteer searchers from the Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones, combed homes and neighborhoods, and a Las Vegas Metro helicopter searched from the air.

“They conducted an all-out effort to find Steven, but so far there hasn’t been a trace of him,” said Clipper Editor Rolf Koecher, Steven’s father. “Surveillance cameras caught Koecher leaving his car right at noon on Sunday, Dec. 13, as if heading to an appointment, but he apparently never returned to his car.”

A deepening mystery

Those closest to Steven know of no alcohol, drug or similar issues, yet he vanished on a bright Sunday morning in an upscale neighborhood. He is well-liked by his many friends and associates, according to leaders of his LDS church congregation in St. George, who describe him as cheerful, the first to volunteer for service projects and always dependable. In addition, his car contained Christmas gifts for his older brother’s family, which he purchased just the evening before he disappeared.

“All this just deepens the mystery,” said Rolf Koecher. “This is a particularly difficult and confusing situation because many clues indicate he was planning to return to St. George on the day he disappeared, and none of the clues point to any particular motive or conclusion. St. George police even reported that their investigation into Steven revealed he had apparently been acting as a Good Samaritan on the Friday before he disappeared, trying to help locate the parents of two young girls accidentally locked out of their home on a cold afternoon.”

Steven’s mother, meanwhile, has expressed the family’s gratitude for the efforts that have been made to find their missing son.

“We are impressed with the intense effort expended by the Henderson and Las Vegas Metro police in finding our son, especially for the tireless work of Det. Robert McKay and his associates. We are even aware that detectives have done additional searches on their own and that a number of Las Vegas area residents whom we don’t even know have organized spontaneous searches on their own volition, as well,” said Deanne Koecher. “We are grateful that Anderson Dairy has now joined in the effort to help solve this mystery, which is very troubling and painful for us, his siblings and extended family members. We welcome any tips or clues the public may provide.”

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Milk carton to feature missing Utah man

February 5th, 2010 @ 6:13pm

By Alex Cabrero

BOUNTIFUL -- The parents of a missing Utah man say they don't know what else to do but wait.

It's been almost two months since Rolf and Deanne Koecher heard from their son, 30-year-old Steven Koecher. He disappeared on December 13, 2009, in Henderson, Nev.

Recently, Anderson's Dairy put Steven's face on its milk carton, hoping that would generate leads.

The most promising lead so far came from a security camera that recorded him walking down the street. His parents have no idea why he was in the Savannah Springs Ave. neighborhood in Henderson, Nev.

"He did not look disoriented, he did not look downcast. He looked like he was purposeful. He was headed somewhere," said Rolf.

Steven moved to St. George about a year ago looking for work. His parents, who live in Bountiful, say he was happy and had been doing some jobs washing windows.

Deanne didn't know anything as wrong until she got a phone call from a Henderson police officer asking about Steven's car. It had been parked on a street for a few days.

When the Koechers went to Henderson to investigate, they found a man on that street who had surveillance cameras on his house. That's where they got the video showing a man walking down the street whom they believe is their son.

"There's great concern. We'd like to hope he's on a happy jaunt, but nothing seems to be pointing towards that," said Deanne.

There have been some reported sightings, but none of them have turned out to be rock-solid clues.

The Henderson police department is investigating this case.

"We're just anxious for anything that would help us find our son," said Deanne. "We think he's either ill or something has happened to him that he's not feeling like he knows where he needs to go, or [something] even more scary."

The Koechers have visited St. George and Henderson several times to follow up on small clues. So far, though, they haven't found any hard evidence of where their son may be.

"The hardest part is not knowing, and not knowing where any clues are," said Rolf.

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Family of missing Utah man offers $10K reward

Associated Press - February 26, 2010 7:15 PM ET

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - The family of a 30-year-old Utah man who went missing in Nevada in December says it is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to finding him.

Steven Koecher's family held a press conference Friday in Henderson to announce the reward. The reward will be coordinated through Crime Stoppers of Nevada and police agencies in Henderson, Las Vegas and St. George, Utah.

Koecher's father says the family hopes the reward will encourage people to come forward with clues that lead to answers.

Koecher was last seen walking away from his vehicle in a Las Vegas-area neighborhood in December. A surveillance video from Sun City Anthem shows him parking and leaving his car in an upscale neighborhood. It was a Sunday. Police found Christmas presents inside.

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$10,000 reward for information on missing man

Car found » St. George resident had been in northern Utah shortly before disappearing Dec. 13.

By Mark Havnes The Salt Lake Tribune

Updated: 02/26/2010 05:12:05 PM MST

A $10,000 award is being offered for information about missing St. George resident Steven T. Koecher, who disappeared Dec. 13.

During a news conference Friday in Henderson, Nev., officials announced they have found no evidence the 30-year-old traveled out of the area by bus or plane. And his passport has been found among his belongings.

About 40 members of Koecher's family attended the news conference in Henderson City Hall.

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$10K offered for data about missing Utahn Steven Koecher

By Emiley Morgan Deseret News

Published: Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 11:43 p.m. MST

ST. GEORGE — The family of Steven Koecher, who has been missing since mid-December, announced Friday that they are now offering a monetary reward to help them find their son.

The family said police investigators may also be looking for connections between his case and that of missing West Valley City woman Susan Cox Powell.

Koecher's father, Rolf Koecher, said St. George police detectives had indicated to him that Powell's family had asked the department to look for any link between the two cases. He told the Deseret News that while he has personally dismissed the notion, his family is open to any investigation.

"I personally don't think there's a connection, but Dec. 7 she disappeared and he traveled through that area around that date. … There's some speculation that maybe he and Susan Powell took off together," Rolf Koecher said.

He elaborated later in a written statement.

"While it appears that Steven is close in age to Susan Powell and was driving through the Salt Lake City area within a day or two of her disappearance, any connection between the two seems entirely coincidental to us," he said. "Because we want to remain open to all possibilities, no matter how improbable, we have no issue with an exchange of information between the St. George and West Valley City police departments."

He said the family is also asking the citizens of Henderson to make next week "a week of vigilance," to focus their effort on finding the missing man. Koecher was formerly employed working nights on the online site at The Salt Lake Tribune but relocated to St. George after a rough winter and strain from the night shift took a toll on his morale. His parents said he seemed better after the move, though he struggled to find full-time employment. He was working part-time for a home services company in St. George at the time of his disappearance.

No one knows what took him to Nevada that Sunday in December. Rolf Koecher said a question until recently was the location of Steven Koecher's passport. Police were checking airline logs out of Las Vegas to determine whether he'd left the country, but Rolf Koecher said he located the passport, which was buried in a clothes drawer, last week.

"We would have been OK with it if he had gone back to Brazil, where he was a missionary, because he knows people there and we have a way to check down there," Rolf Koecher said. "We're grateful for the fact that his passport was found but also deflated because it doesn't give us a track to follow."

As part of the vigilance week, members of Steven Koecher's extended family in Henderson, Nev., and of his LDS ward in St. George will also be distributing posters, Rolf Koecher said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Henderson Police Crimes Against Persons at 702-267-4750 or St. George police at 435-627-4300.

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Susan Powell, Steven Koecher link considered by Utah missing person investigators

February 27, 1:39 PM

Suddenly Famous Examiner

Melissa Viscount

Two missing people: both from Utah, both last seen in December 2009, and both around the same age. That has the family of missing mother, Susan Powell, asking investigators to consider a link between her case and that of missing fellow Utah resident, Steven Koecher.

Susan Powell, 28 hasn't been seen since December 6, 2009.  The young mother's story grabbed national headlines after her husband claimed he returned from an overnight camping trip with their two young sons (2 and 4) and she was not at their West Valley City, Utah home. He has since sold that Salt Lake City-area home and moved out of state with the couple's sons.

Steven Koecher, 30 was last spotted December 13, 2009 in Henderson, Nevada by a security camera. On Friday, Koecher's family posted a $10,000 reward for information about the St. George, Utah man's whereabouts. While they're desperate for answers, Koecher's father doubts there's a connection between the two missing person cases. Rolf Koecher issued this written statement to local television station KCSG:

"While it appears that Steven is close in age to Susan Powell and was driving through the Salt Lake City area within a day or two of her disappearance, any connection between the two seems entirely coincidental to us. Because we want to remain open to all possibilities, no matter how improbable, we have no issue with an exchange of information between the St. George and West Valley City police departments."

West Valley City police also reportedly doubt a connection between the two cases. But they say they'll consider a link and will share information with the police in St. George, Utah 300 miles to the south.

Susan Powell's husband, Josh, has denied knowing anything about his wife's whereabouts. Police have said he is the only person of interest in the case.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Susan Powell should contact the West Valley City Police at 801-840-4000.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Steven Koecher should contact Henderson, NV Police at 702-267-5000 or St George, UT Police at 435-627-4300.

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Missing 30-year old Steven Koecher; police consider Josh Powell's use of rental car possible link

March 1, 9:42 AM

Seattle Headlines Examiner

Isabelle Zehnder

March 1, 2010 - Steven Koecher, an upstanding citizen who served others, who had no criminal or drug-related history, and who seemed happy with his life in St. George, suddenly vanished Dec. 13, 2009 - just six days after Susan Powell disappeared.

Is there a connection between the two cases? It's far-fetched, Steven's family says, but it's worth investigating.

Steven's mother, Deanne Koecher, said the reason they were interested is Susan Powell's case and investigating the possibility the two cases were connected was because of a road trip through Tawilla that Josh Powell, Susan's husband, took at around the time Steven disappeared.

Police in Henderson and St. George are not ruling anything out and consider a possible link between the two cases. They are, in particular, interested in the trip Josh Powell took in a rental car.

She said, "It seems far but we welcome any information sharing."

According to police, Steven was last seen at an upscale retirement community in Las Vegas December 13.

Rolf Koecher, Steven's father, said St. George police detectives indicated to him that Susan's family had asked the department to look for any link between the two cases. He told the Deseret News that while he has personally dismissed the notion his family is open to any investigation.

Shelby Gifford, spokeswoman for Susan Powell's family, told The Deseret News Friday she doesn't know whether the family had made such a request but said it was "possible" as Susan's family has asked West Valley to investigate any cases that may reasonably be related.

Susan Powell, 28, disappeared from her West Valley City home Dec. 6. Her husband was the last person to see her. His story that he took his two young sons on an impromptu camping trip in the middle of the night during sub-freezing temperatures the night his wife disappeared has been largely criticized and disbelieved.

Less than a month after she vanished, Josh packed up their family belongings and moved their two young children, then ages 2 and 4, to his father's home in Puyallup, Wash. Nearly three months after her disappearance Josh remains the only person of interest police call a "missing person's case with suspicious criminal overtones."

Rolf Koecher said, "I personally don't think there's a connection, but Dec. 7 she disappeared and he traveled through that area around that date. There's some speculation that he and Susan Powell took off together."

He elaborated in a written statement to Utah television station KCSG:

"While it appears that Steven is close in age to Susan Powell and was driving through the Salt Lake City area within a day or two of her disappearance, any connection between the two seems entirely coincidental to us. Because we want to remain open to all possibilities, no matter how improbable, we have no issue with an exchange of information between the St. George and West Valley City police departments."

"We would be surprised to think there could be a connection," said Deanne. "We just do not want to rule out anything of interest."

Deanne said that before his disappearance, her son had been in Ruby, Nev., and was in northern Utah Dec. 9 -11 before returning to St. George.

During a news conference Friday in Henderson, Nev., officials announced they have found no evidence the 30-year-old traveled out of the area by bus or plane.

About 40 members of Koecher's family attended the news conference in Henderson City Hall.

Koecher's car was found parked in a Sun City Anthem cul-de-sac, an upscale residential community in Henderson, around noon on Dec. 13, the day he disappeared.

A short time later surveillance video of the area from a nearby home's security camera shows a man believed to be Koecher walking away from the car.

Christmas gifts were found in the vehicle and there was no sign of foul play.

No one has come forward saying they have heard from him since that day.

The day Steven went missing is also the last day he used his cell phone, email, and a debit card. It is not believed he left the country because his passport was found during a search of his St. George home.

"It's been two months," said Koecher's father during a Friday news conference in front of Henderson City Hall.

"There's no smoking gun, and we've got hundreds of clues that tell us what it isn't, but not one that tells us what it is," Rolf Koecher told the Review-Journal.

Rolf and Deanne Koecher, Steven's mother, said that so far, all leads have turned up dry.

FOX 13 News interviewed Deanne and said that Steven was happy in his new life in St. George. He moved there from Bountiful a year ago in hopes of landing a new job.

Steven was a recent University of Utah graduate. Before he disappeared he was working for a window washing company in St. George and seemed happy with his job. He faithfully served his church and mentored kids with the Big Brother Program.

Steven's parents Friday offered a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information leading to Steven's whereabouts, or the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his abduction or death.

"We can't believe we can't find him, can't hold him, that we can't tell him how much we love him," Deanna said.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Susan Powell should contact the West Valley City Police at 801-840-4000.

Anyone with information about the disappearance of Steven Koecher should contact Henderson, NV Police at 702-267-5000 or St George, UT Police at 435-627-4300.

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Police: Reward offer draws some tips

Mar 11, 2010

HENDERSON, NEV. — Police investigators from Henderson, Nev., and Sacramento, Calif., have contacted the parents of missing Steven T. Koecher following the recent announcement of a $10,000 reward for information.

The California investigators are trying to determine if Koecher is connected to an investigation there, while Nevada police report that a number of tips have been received and are being investigated.

One lead involves a reported sighting of Koecher at a Las Vegas area Home Depot in late January. Police have requested surveillance tapes from the day in question and hope that family members will be able to determine whether or not the person indicated is Koecher.

The family of missing St. George resident Steven T. Koecher is offering a $10,000 reward for information and has called upon the residents of Southern Nevada to join them in “A Week of Vigilance.”

Members of Steven Koecher’s extended family traveled to Henderson for a press conference at the Henderson City Hall to announce the reward -- which will be coordinated through Crime Stoppers of Nevada and area police agencies. The conference was conducted by Dallin Koecher, Steven’s brother, and was also attended by Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen, Frank Mahoney of the Nevada Center for Missing Loved Ones and members of the Henderson Police Department.

“We urge the residents of Southern Nevada and Utah to join us in this effort to find Steven,” said Rolf Koecher, Steven’s father and Clipper editor. “We hope the reward will encourage people to come forward with clues that could lead to some answers.”

The reward is offered for information that leads directly to finding Steven alive and well, as the victim of a bona fide accident or medical condition, or to the arrest, conviction and incarceration of any person responsible for his abduction or death.

The family unveiled color posters announcing the award, which also carried Steven’s photograph, a general description of his appearance and numbers to call to submit clues. Afterwards, members of his extended family canvassed the Las Vegas area to place posters in local businesses and public areas. Another 100 posters will be placed throughout the St. George area by members of Steven’s LDS ward.

Among recent developments, it was also announced that Steven’s missing passport had been found among his personal effects. This underscored the results of an investigation by Henderson police which concluded that Steven had not boarded any flights out of the Las Vegas area.

“Once we found Steven’s passport, we were not surprised that he hadn’t taken a plane,” said Rolf Koecher. “While the missing passport caused some to believe he had come to Las Vegas to flee, it does not appear that he had any intention to do so.”

Also a police check of records at the St. George library revealed that Steven had checked out a book on the life of basketball legend Pete Maravich, another book on the early settlers of Southern Utah and a DVD of “Lord of the Rings.”

“Again this suggests Steven was not engaged in any questionable activity because an examination his computer also reveals no unusual items, a trained dog could find no evidence of drugs in his car, and both his e-mails and phone records show nothing but routine messages,” said Rolf Koecher.

“In an effort to be open to all clues, we have looked for evidence of a dark side, but neither our own investigation nor that of the police agencies involved have turned up anything of this nature. What we have found is that he was appreciated by those who knew him, he was seen as a tireless volunteer by his church congregation, he was an Eagle Scout, served as a Big Brother for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, coached youth basketball teams and organized softball teams for young single adults. He also was credited with being a Good Samaritan on the Friday before he disappeared and purchased Christmas gifts for his older brother’s family on Saturday night before he vanished.

In other developments, St. George detectives have indicated that family members connected to the case of missing West Valley City woman Susan Powell have contacted St. George police to check for a possible link to Steven’s disappearance. Powell disappeared about December 7 while Steven Koecher disappeared on Dec. 13.

“While it appears that Steven is close in age to Susan Powell and was driving through the Salt Lake City area within a day or two of her disappearance, any connection between the two seems entirely coincidental to us,” said Rolf Koecher. “Because we want to remain open to all possibilities, no matter how improbable, we have no issue with an exchange of information between the St. George and West Valley City police departments.”

Steven Koecher was discovered to be missing on Dec. 17, after police reported his car had been found abandoned for four days in an upscale neighborhood of Henderson’s Sun City Anthem area. Surveillance images from a nearby home show that Steven’s car pulled into a cul-de-sac at about six minutes to noon on Sunday, Dec. 13. A person who appears to be Steven then leaves his car right at noon, passes by the side of the house with the surveillance cameras, turns in front of it, crosses the road and eventually disappears from sight.

He did not appear dispirited or disoriented, but seemed to be striding purposefully toward a noon appointment.

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