Susan Powell, Steven Koecher link considered by Utah missing person investigators
February 27, 2010
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.