LAS VEGAS -- The story of a man who disappeared in a quiet Henderson neighborhood will be featured on national television.
Steven Koecher was last seen walking away from his car in Sun City Anthem. A home-surveillance system caught Koecher walking down the street and out of frame. Disappeared, a program that airs on Investigation Discovery, will highlight Koecher's story Monday night.
Koecher, who lived in St. George, Utah, has not been seen or heard from since December 13, 2009. There has been no activity on his bank account. His cell phone was used early the next day to check voicemail, but has had no activity since.
Producers were attracted to Koecher's case because of how strange it was. "A lot of times with stories of missing people that are brought to our attention, it's fairly obvious. This one was confounding. He led a straightforward and clean life, so there was no apparent dark side he could have fallen into," said Executive Producer Elizabeth Fischer.
Koecher has been the subject of an intense investigation, both through law enforcement channels and by members of the public. In April of 2010, family, friends, and members of his LDS ward searched an area of desert south of the Henderson Executive Airport on a tip from a private investigator. Later in the year, family members boarded Las Vegas buses to look for Koecher. The two searches found no signs of the missing man.
Henderson Police have also extensively investigated the case. Several tips have come in but police have been unable to find a viable lead. According to police, they have had sightings of Koecher at the Best Buy in northwest Las Vegas, a Home Depot, the Sahara Hotel, the M Resort, and officers investigated someone claiming to be Koecher in Sandy Valley, Nevada. None of the leads panned out.
"We still don't have anything -- no reason to come to town. He has no ties here. We have the whole valley to look at. It would be different if his apartment was here," said Henderson Police Detective Robert McKay.
Police say the location Koecher was last seen is a red flag for them. The neighborhood is in an out of the way retirement community and the 30-year-old had no ties to the area.
At this point, detectives are waiting for something new to come up. "We just follow up on any leads. It's a needle in a haystack," said Det. McKay.
Producers hope showing Koecher's case to a national audience will shed light on what happened to him.
"We had one show that helped solve a case -- from another season where a viewer saw someone and recognized something," said Fischer.
In another twist, the episode will feature the final interview by Steven's father, Rolf Koecher. Rolf Koecher died suddenly earlier this year after a brief illness. Just weeks before his death, he was interviewed by producers about Steven's disappearance. He spent the final year of his life leading the charge to find his son.
Disappeared will air on Investigation Discovery on Monday, April 11 at 9 p.m. and Tuesday at 12 a.m. It can also be downloaded on iTunes.
If you have any information about the disappearance of Steven Koecher, contact the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or the St. George Police Department at (435) 627-4301.
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