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  • Koecher Family Marks Anniversary of Utah Man Missing for one Year
    by Pat Reavy, Associated Press
    Published - 12/13/10 - 07:04 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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    (Bountiful, UT) - On the one-year anniversary of the date on which a missing St. George man was last seen, his family is again dispelling allegations that he might have run off with missing West Valley mother Susan Cox Powell.

    On December 13, 2009, surveillance video showed Steven Koecher arriving in his car at the Sun City Anthem area of Henderson, Nevada, an upscale retirement community near Las Vegas. The video, according to family members, shows Koecher walking past a house and across the street.

    That was the last time anyone has seen him.

    In July, friends and family members did a sweep of the Las Vegas area, searching homeless shelters and bus stops for clues that might lead them to Koecher, but came up with nothing.

    Then, earlier this month, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of when Susan Cox Powell went missing, a website maintained by Josh Powell, Susan's husband and the only person of interest in the case, suggested that Koecher and Susan Cox Powell ran off together to Brazil, where Koecher served an LDS mission.

    Both the Koecher and Cox families have dismissed the idea as nonsense.

    Late Sunday, the Koecher family, who live in Bountiful, issued a statement focusing on the facts of their son's case. They listed 11 points why Steven and Susan did not run off together.

    Some of the reasons included: St. George and West Valley police already met to discuss this topic 10 months ago and determined there was no reason to believe the two had ever met; Koecher's passport was found last spring and is being held by his parents; and Koecher's cell phone charger, guitar and laptop, all items he took with him when he would be traveling for several days, were found in his St. George apartment.

    In addition, the night before Koecher went missing, he purchased four large Christmas cookies and a baby bib that he was going to deliver to his brother's family. All of those items were found still inside Koecher's abandoned car.

    The latest information on the search for Koecher involves two possible sightings in the Provo area on December 3, according to family members who say St. George police plan to review surveillance tapes from a Provo-area post office.

    The Koechers have launched their own website with information - ForSteven.com.

    Sunday night, the family decorated an evergreen tree in the front yard of Rolf Koecher's home in Bountiful to commemorate the one-year anniversary, calling it the "white light of hope". The family said they will leave the lights on, night and day, until either Steven is found or the lights burn out.
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