On a crisp, sunny day in 2009, Steven Koecher drove into a neighborhood called Anthem. It was December 13, and the Henderson, Nevada neighborhood was quiet. Koecher, who lived in the neighboring state of Utah, lived alone in an apartment in St. George. The reason for his trip to Las Vegas area has never been determined.
Around midday, Koecher drove to the end of a cul-de-sac, as evidenced by footage on a home security camera. He got out of his car and walked out of frame before walking back to the car to retrieve something. Another camera saw him in the reflection of a car window, though, after this, he was never seen again.
There was sporadic activity from his cell phone for the following two days. In the intervening decade, the search for Koercher has gone completely cold.
Koecher’s disappearance is particularly bizarre because there is so little evidence in the case. He simply drove to Nevada one day, out of the blue, parked at the end of a street, and walked out of sight. He was not suspected to be involved in any criminal activity.
Investigators determined he didn’t seem to be involved with any dangerous people in his private life, and he did not seem suicidal, according to friends and family.
The days leading up to his disappearance have been well-documented. He was several months behind on rent due to the recession, which had rendered him unable to find employment after losing his last job internet marketing. On December 10, he drove to Salt Lake City, before turning west and driving the Neff family ranch in Nevada.
There, the parents of his former girlfriend Annemarie Neff greeted him, telling him Annemarie wasn’t home.
However, the Neffs served Koecher lunch, and he told them he planned to head to California afterwards. He did fear, though, that bad weather would prevent him from making the trip. So, instead, he headed back to St. George. A few days later, he went to Henderson, Nevada. From there, he vanished, seemingly without a trace.
Koecher’s disappearance has been described as one of the most baffling in modern history. According to his father Rolf, Steven seems to have simply vanished from the face of the Earth.
“We’ve considered every possibility. But each possibility has a contradiction. Is it plausible that someone is walking down the street and then suddenly they’ve vanished? All clues are consistent with that, but that’s not possible.”
Theories about his disappearance are largely contradictory, and there is no consensus on what may have happened to him. There is no evidence that he was kidnapped or killed, but, at the same time, there is no evidence that this couldn’t have happened.
To this day, Koecher’s suburban disappearance remains a baffling mystery.