Missing man's family launches new search effort

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The family of a missing man has launched a new search effort.

Thirty volunteers who know 30-year-old Steven Koecher will gather in Las Vegas this weekend to visit homeless shelters and ride public transit routes looking for him.

Koecher's family says because the volunteers are all people who know him personally, they will have the best chance of making a positive identification.

His father, Rolf Koecher, says, "There have been some people who thought that it might be him. The problem is there aren't any confirmed sightings, so this time we're bringing down people who know him."

Koecher has been missing since Dec. 13. Authorities say he drove from his home in St. George and was seen on a surveillance video walking away from his vehicle in the upscale Sun City Anthem neighborhood of Henderson.

His family says he was looking for work in the Las Vegas area. Search teams have not found any evidence of foul play.

Koecher's family has offered a $10,000 reward for information in the case.


Story compiled with contributions from the Associated Press.

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