His front door was unlocked and his television was on, but 18-year-old Joe Pichler was nowhere to be seen. On January 5, 2006, his brother AJ had called at Pichler’s apartment only to find that the teenager had seemingly vanished. Pichler’s concerned family reported him missing several days later. But today, the case remains unsolved.
Joe Pichler had been a successful child actor, starring in numerous television shows, commercials and movies. He’d had parts in Varsity Blues, The Fan, A Stranger in Paradise and When Good Ghouls Go Bad. But his most famous role may well have been as Brennan Newton in the third and fourth Beethoven comedies about a rascally Saint Bernard dog.
His high-flying acting career notwithstanding, in many respects Pichler appeared to be a down-to-earth teenager with regular interests. Like many kids his age he liked playing trading card games. He also kept a pet guinea pig and was fond of Mexican food, especially salsa and nachos.