Joe Pichler — featured actor in the Beethoven movies, Varsity Blues, and a few other pieces —would probably have had a great future in acting. He took a break after his childhood career in order to finish high school. He had just gotten his braces off and was planning to move back to LA to start acting again when he went missing.
It was 2006, and he had just finished an evening of playing cards with his friends. They all said he was in good spirits that night, but later, around 4 a.m., he called one of the friends, who said he was “inconsolable.” Pichler told his friend he would call back in an hour, but never did.
His car was later found at an intersection near a bridge, and a suicide note was found in his apartment saying he wished that he had been a “stronger brother,” and willed all of his possessions to his younger brother. All signs pointed to a suicide jump, but no traces of his body were ever found. His family insisted that he would never commit suicide and that there must have been foul play.