NV NV - Steven Koecher, 30, Henderson, 13 Dec 2009 - #22

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  1. fridaybaker

    fridaybaker Well-Known Member

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    Moonbeam, I contemplated that possibility in the beginning here, but came to the conclusion that it's not true, and his disappearance is due to foul play. There just isn't anything in these last 10 years that has ever come to light to suggest anything of the sort. (Unless something was/became known only to his family or friend(s) or something but, again, there doesn't seem to even be a "whisper" of such a thing. No signs or intimations that his family/friends are withholding anything, and no other indications floating about the universe.)

    SK was definitely outside some of the parameters for his demographic milieu, considering that as a college graduate, overseas-mission-completed man for his age, he wasn't married and was having a difficult time with finding work with pay that he could live on. Also, it does seem strange to many of us that he left a larger job market for a smaller one, and had complained that he didn't have time for socializing in his evening-oriented job in the larger market -how is moving to somewhere with no family and fewer friends going to help that?

    However little sense those things make, though, what really is there to indicate a "secret life"? The driving was something clearly happening only in the very recent past and coincided with his job/economic issues. I tend to think that the driving was part of a "secret life" in that he likely was doing something odd, like delivering prescription pain killers, etc., but not in the sense that this was an ongoing, long term "lifestyle". If he did do this or something like it, it's likely only as a last resort, due to being financially strapped.

    SK, by all accounts, had no hidden life, but he did have quite a bit of pressure, of that I'm sure. I'm quite certain he felt pressured to settle down and marry and to improve his financial picture, and to prove to his father that he could make it on his own. Did this pressure convince him to take a decision related to employment that he otherwise wouldn't have? "Just until I can get back on my feet?" It's been said by family (or friend -can't remember now) that SK could be a bit "naive". Wouldn't this be just the kind of thing a person who is "a bit naive" could get into? "They're not illicit drugs, they're just "leftovers" from people who died, etc.". I can see it.

    After all these years, though, I don't see a secret, alternative lifestyle or such.

    Just my thoughts.
     


  2. Moonbeam456

    Moonbeam456 Active Member

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    I have to respectfully disagree. We (I’m assuming all of us on here didn’t personally know Steven) only know things about Steven that we’ve read or seen in the media, we don’t fully know him or what his life may have entailed.
     
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  3. fridaybaker

    fridaybaker Well-Known Member

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    I agree with that. There was a member who posted early on who did know SK (his cousin, I believe) and she seemed to think it unlikely. The family was very open to hearing and considering a hidden lifestyle or voluntary disappearance to embrace an "alternative" lifestyle. They very publicly made an effort to let SK know he was loved unconditionally.

    Still, though, your point is well taken, in that none of us, including perhaps even his family, knows for sure. He'd been an adult for many years, living on his own, and and we can't know every facet of his life. I just have come, over the years, to think it unlikely. Who knows, though? Wish we knew what happened.
     
  4. ScorpioRising

    ScorpioRising Well-Known Member

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    Any updates, @Glovey ? The remains found in Topok turned out to be unrelated..and I was just wondering whether your team made any progress in regards to the ping locations discussed earlier this year. Also wondering whether Red Rock Search and Rescue Volunteer SAR Team Stands Ready to Assist Las Vegas are still looking for Steven? It sounds like they search twice a year for cold cases and I was wondering whether they do look for Steven still or did that stop since they don't have any concrete location other than the Anthem area where the car was located?
     
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  5. Blissfulsally555

    Blissfulsally555 Active Member

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    Yeah it would be great to hear of any updates !!
     
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  6. anniejanet

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    Baffling case.

    Hoping that posting in this thread will give me alerts when it updates.
     
  7. Blissfulsally555

    Blissfulsally555 Active Member

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    Bumping for Steven , it’s so close to the 10 year mark being December. I really wish we could get any kind of an update on this case even if it’s small. I know Glovey mentioned looking into the phone pings, I feel like surely there must be advancements in technology because it’s been almost 10 years and trying to get more info from the phone pings and I was rewatching Stevens disappeared episode and I cannot believe someone from that neighbourhood does not know what happened to him . I believe he went to a home there but someone ain’t telling the truth and possibly the LL knowing something or his church colleagues he spoke to on the day he disappeared must know something and also I know that they has his car sniffed for drugs but it really bothers me that the dogs wouldn’t have been able to detect prescription pills. I feel like there’s quite a few things that could have happened to Steven but still in 10 years no concrete info. I feel like I read somewhere that the police withheld some of the information from the parents of the ex girlfriend Steven visited, can anyone else remember this? I feel like this info might be helpful. I still wonder what that visit was all about , to spend fuel money he didn’t really have to visit an exgirlfriend that lived miles and miles away? The church colleague who was in Vegas the same day yet they never even ask each other why, makes no sense? Did they even question the LL ? Who knows? Still so many questions, Still praying for you Steven
     
  8. timsmith

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    Ten years to the day and hour. We will never forget you, Steven.
     
  9. marcyjoy

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    I thought of him today, too...and many many other days.
     
  10. Fairy1

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    Still hoping.
     
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  11. MesquiteO21

    MesquiteO21 Please take the time to read "The Gift of Fear"

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    Still think about Steven a lot, and I can’t believe it just reached the 10 year mark.

    I think the landlord angle is probably the most likely (and/or some other nefarious activity with friends or associates) but i just can't stop thinking of possibly a connection to serial killer Israel Keyes.

    My reasoning admittedly doesn't have a lot to stand on, because both Steven's case and Israel's possible victims' cases don't have a lot of details to work with, at least for those of us that are non-LE (but realistically for them too, I think)

    There's a timeline that the FBI put together as best they could, retracing Israel's movements from 1997 up until he was arrested in March 2012 in Texas. You can view it here-- http://dig.abclocal.go.com/wls/documents/wls_081313_Israel Keyes_timeline.pdf

    As you can see, it's not perfect because there was just no way for them to account for every single day or month. Israel was also very meticulous and cagey. So it cannot be assumed that the gaps in dates means he was in the previously verified location for those unspecified times.

    So even though there is no official account of his whereabouts for 12/13/2009 that we currently know of, what did stand out to me was that he boarded a cruise on 12/17/2009. We know from Samantha's case that he left for a cruise literally the same (early) morning that he killed her. He also told FBI agents that he liked to distance himself as much as possible after a crime. I'd bet a lot of money that he killed someone leading up to the 12/17 cruise. Was that person Steven? hard to say, of course. But Keyes also had been in Las Vegas a few times, and he didn't travel like most people do. He would take a direct flight into a city and then often drive long distances to who knows where. He would tell family/girlfriends that he had to go out of town for xyz reason and not tell them where he was actually going. So asking them now if they recall him being in the Las Vegas area around 12/13/2009 would probably be useless because they likely wouldn't have known the truth at the time anyways. All of this to say: he absolutely could have been in the Vegas area on 12/13 because we simply don't know.

    The other thing that i find compelling is the names of missing people that were found on his computer. Although 2 of his victims were on this list (the Currier couple), not all 44 could possibly be his victims. There is a podcast about Keyes (True Crime BS) and on their site they list out the 44 names. They also say " Israel told authorities he never searched for stories about his victims by using their actual names; he searched via dates and locations. So, many of the NAMUS 44 can help inform what, when, and where Keyes was searching."
    You can view the names here-- https://www.our-americana.com/namus-44

    Take a look at #36 - Susan Powell. We know that Josh tried to say that Susan probably ran off with Steven Koecher since they disappeared within days of each other. Searching for either Susan Powell or Steven Koecher is going to pull up the other's name at some point in various articles, blogs, etc. I strongly wonder if he started searching "Susan Powell" as a way to peripherally read about Steven.

    Also somewhat odd: Keyes owned a white Chevy pickup. Steven drove a white Chevy sedan. Not uncommon cars by any means, but still, a small detail i keep in the back of my head.

    Obviously these aren't smoking guns, they could all just be pure coincidence. But Israel's victims, except for Samantha that he specifically directed LE to, have never been found. I do wonder if a lot of people who are currently missing with almost no trace whatsoever are a victim of Keyes.
     
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    Gotta say, this is the most original theory I've seen in this thread. And I can't say you're wrong.

    But I'm not sure how it could ever be proved, or disproved.
     
  13. MesquiteO21

    MesquiteO21 Please take the time to read "The Gift of Fear"

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    yeah, unfortunately it's unlikely that all of IK's crimes will ever be fully known and solved. The FBI was lucky to get what they did from his confessions during those 9 months in 2012. If only they could've fast tracked his execution before he committed suicide, they might have gotten more.

    To play Devil's Advocate on myself, IK claimed he didn't like big cities and didn't commit crimes in them. And he claimed to not like Vegas specifically. Obviously we can't blindly believe everything he said, but Henderson is a good sized city and it sounds like the area Steven specifically was in wasn't a great neighborhood. There's also apparently a large drug trafficking scene in that area. So who knows...I don't feel as strongly about an IK connection with Steven as I do with a couple other missing person cases, but the few things I mentioned did give me pause.
     
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    It gives me pause as well. You know Keyes was born in Utah, right?
     
  15. Laughing

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    Steven, where are you?
     
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    I was just talking about Steven with my family last night...still after all these years, this one haunts me.
     
  17. Rastus

    Rastus Not a very well known member

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    Wonder if Clark County Wetlands were ever checked. Close by to the final place the cell was picked up and a place a body might be disposed of.

    Steven was all of 6 ft and 30yo. Not the typical guy I'd have thought a killer would target as easy.

    Steven also had made an appointment to home teach someone from his church at 7pm on Sunday December 13th, I doubt he just stands up that appointment in his church community willingly. Makes me think the phone movement on that Sunday afternoon/evening wasn't with Steven in control.

    About the only thing most agree on is he walked past that camera at 12pm, after that it all kicks off in regards to theories. Can't even agree if he got into a car or went into a house after that.
     
  18. Fairy1

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    Hi Mesquite021 -

    Still mulling over the IK angle, which actually makes my head want to explode more than usual with regard to Steven's case! But I do want to clarify that the neighborhood where Steven's car was located and he disappeared from view is actually quite nice and rather upscale. It's a 55 + community and I most definitely would never consider it to be a large (or any size) drug trafficking scene.

    Just want to be sure the few facts we DO know about Steven's case are not muddied at this point!
     
  19. MesquiteO21

    MesquiteO21 Please take the time to read "The Gift of Fear"

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    thank you, I had just read that information elsewhere and trusted the source since I’m not familiar with Las Vegas neighborhoods at all. Thanks for clarifying.
     
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  20. fridaybaker

    fridaybaker Well-Known Member

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    I know very little about IK. Does SK fit his victim profile/MO?
     
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