Search for two men with Davis ties ongoing

Nov 1 2011 - 6:25am


LAYTON -- The searches for two missing men -- both with connections to Davis County -- are ongoing, family and investigators say.

Missing since May is 25-year-old Victor Flores, who came from California to Layton in May, then disappeared under suspicious circumstances, said Police Sgt. Shawn Horton.

Also, for almost two years, the Koecher family, of Bountiful, has searched for Steven Koecher, 30, who disappeared Dec. 13, 2009, in the Sun City Anthem area of Henderson, Nev.

Nationally, almost 48,000 missing adults are entered into the National Crime Information Center database, according to Utah's Bureau of Criminal Identification website.

Every week, police agencies receive reports of missing adults, teenagers or children.

Kaysville Police Capt. Brent Ward said officials take every case seriously, but in most cases, the missing person is quickly located.

Utah's Missing Persons list has about 97 names on it, including West Valley City's Susan Powell, who was reported missing Dec. 27, 2009.

Not every missing person case gets the media attention of the Powell disappearance or the recent case of Alexis Rasmussen, 16, of North Ogden, whose body was found Oct. 18 in Morgan County.

Layton police sent out a news release in June seeking information on the whereabouts of Flores.

Horton said even though police have not released any more details about Flores' case, "there is a lot of information we're following up on."

Flores came to Utah and texted or called his family in California almost daily. Family members came to Layton after they had not heard from Flores for a week and he was not returning their calls or texts, Horton said.

Flores was last seen with friends May 10 in Layton. He is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 165 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

"We're interviewing everyone who knew him," Horton said.

Each missing person case is different, he said, and police will turn to the media for help in trying to locate a missing person if circumstances warrant it.

Family members of Steven Koecher, who lived in St. George, contacted media after he was reported missing.

His mother, Deanne Koecher, of Bountiful, said the past two years of not knowing where her son is have been rough.

Steven Koecher is the second of five children. Her husband, Rolf Koecher, died in February.

"We've had very little to go on since the beginning," Deanne Koecher said.

But she and her children have not given up hope and are still pursuing all leads in hopes of finding Steven.

She has also kept white lights lighted on a pine tree in her front yard for the past two years.

"We're trying to think of things to do to find Steven and not forget him," she said.

Bountiful police are still searching for clues in an 18-year-old missing person case.

Sarah Ann Norfleet left her Bountiful home June 20, 1993, when she was 18.

No one has heard from her since, said Bountiful Police Lt. Ed Biehler.

"She didn't take her stuff with her, which was suspicious," he said.

Biehler said detectives took another look at the case two years ago, but "we still do not have a lot to go on."

Police said anyone with information about any of the cases can call them.

Click here to read more about missing persons and to find phone numbers on how to report possible leads.

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