By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jun 08, 2005 at 5:14 AM

"David’s family and many friends have been invaluable in giving their help throughout the search." -- The family of David Koch

{image1}While vacationing in Minneapolis over Memorial Day weekend, Christine Finerty Brazell received a devastating phone call. Her best friend Suzanne's husband, Dave Koch, disappeared while hiking on Vancouver's Grouse Mountain.

Leaving behind her husband and two small children including a 7-month-old infant, Brazell hopped a plane to Vancouver where she endured eight days of the 10-day search effort.

During the search Brazell says they had a couple of hopeful moments when clothing garments were found and people called with tips and gut feelings, but nothing panned out.

"It seems like a blur. We were crazy busy every day and then the day would slip by," says Brazell, 37, who fielded media calls for the Kochs.

"Our goal was to get national media attention, especially in cities like Seattle and Portland," she says. "Because it was Memorial Day weekend, there were so many tourists."

Despite valiant efforts including a massive, 10-day search by the North Vancouver RCMP -- a volunteer, not-for-profit search and rescue team -- and more than 400 volunteers, the search was called off last week.

"It was the largest and longest search that the team had ever done, but eventually they felt like they had done everything they could," says Brazell. "We all understood, but it was hard. After 10 days a lot of people who didn't personally know (the Kochs) became emotionally involved once they got to know Suzanne and through her, got to know Dave."

Dave Koch, a publisher for DM Weekly, called Suzanne at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25 to tell her he was on his way from a business meeting in Seattle to one in Vancouver, and that he planned to watch the sunset on Grouse Mountain once he got into town.

Credit card slips and video show that he purchased a ticket for the tram. He was seen riding up by other passengers, then walking for about 10 minutes in the atrium at the top of the mountain. Later, video revealed he left the atrium and headed to either the visitor's booth or the bathroom.

Koch's laptop, business suit and cell phone were left in the rental vehicle, which was found Friday, May 27 in the parking lot.

His body was found Tuesday afternoon by hikers, on a remote -- possibly mountainside -- trail that Brazell says was not marked on her map. Those at the scene believe it to have been an accident.

The Kochs, who have been married for almost five years, moved into a new home in Hartland last fall.

"He was a genuine person with a great spirit, a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy," says an emotional Brazell. "People enjoyed being around Suzanne and Dave because they made people feel good."

Dave Koch's Memorial Web site is

Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.