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Father of Missing Man Dies Suddenly

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The father of a man who went missing in the Henderson, Nevada area died suddenly Thursday. Rolf Koecher died after being taken to a Salt Lake area hospital. He was 61.

Koecher was the editor for the Davis County Clipper newspaper and bishop of his LDS ward.

Koecher spent the last year of his life looking for his son, Steven Koecher, who went missing in the Sun City Anthem area of Henderson. Steven Koecher was last seen on Sunday, December 13, 2009 walking away from his car in the sleepy age-restricted neighborhood. He lived in St. George, Utah and no one has been able to explain why he was in Las Vegas.

Rolf Koecher visited Las Vegas several times over the past year to look for his son. In April of 2010, the family searched for Steven a desert area south of the Henderson Executive Airport on a tip provided by a private investigator. Later that year, the family boarded Las Vegas area buses looking for Steven.

More recently, Rolf and his wife Deanne were in St. George to give interviews for the Discovery Channel program Disappeared, who plans on profiling Steven Koecher's case.

According to family members, Koecher was diagnosed with pneumonia on Wednesday. He woke up Thursday feeling ill and his wife took him to an emergency room. Doctors said his body had been overtaken by bacteria.

Koecher leaves behind a wife and five children.

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