Friday, April 9, 2010
Koecher search to scour areas near Henderson Executive Airport
Henderson, Nev. – A team of nearly three dozen searchers will comb areas near the Henderson Executive Airport Saturday morning, April 10, in an effort to find Steven T. Koecher, who was last seen on Dec. 13, 2009.
Koecher’s abandoned car was found four days later in a cul-de-sac in Henderson’s Sun City Anthem area. He had traveled there from his home in St. George, Utah, but the purpose for his trip remains unknown.
A number of tips, many anonymous, have been received by police and other investigators in response to a campaign placing Koecher’s photograph on Anderson Dairy milk cartons, plus a $10,000 reward for information announced by Koecher’s family on Feb. 26. Among the clues were possible sightings at a Las Vegas Best Buy store and at a Home Depot store, a possible link to a body found by police in Sacramento, Calif., and a tip to check areas south of the Henderson Executive Airport.
Henderson Police detectives have checked many of these leads but have not been able to establish a clear link to the missing Steven Koecher. Video surveillance tapes obtained by police from Best Buy were both inconclusive and lacking in clarity. Sacramento police detectives also confirmed that the body of a young man found near that city has been positively linked to another case and is not Steven Koecher.
St. George Police detectives have also met with West Valley, Utah, Police regarding their investigation of the missing Susan Cox Powell. An examination of information in both of these cases indicates they are not connected.
Saturday’s search will begin at 8 a.m. and is expected to last about three hours. Searchers will be on foot, as well as on all-terrain vehicles. The attached image is a map of the area near the Henderson Executive Airport. The area to be searched is bounded by four yellow push pins shown on the map.