50 people in 50 days: Former child actor disappears
Jason Pilcher appeared in movies such as "The Fan" and "Varsity Blues" before he went missing.
March 22nd, 2011
09:10 PM ET

50 people in 50 days: Former child actor disappears

Editor's note: Nancy Grace's new show on HLN, "Nancy Grace: America's Missing," is dedicated to finding 50 people in 50 days. As part of the effort, which relies heavily on audience participation, CNN.com's news blog This Just In will feature the stories of the missing.

This is the 47th case, and it will be shown Tuesday at 9 p.m. on HLN.

Former child actor Joseph "Joe" Pichler was 18 when he disappeared from his hometown of Bremerton, Washington, more than five years ago.

Friends last saw him in the early morning of January 5, 2006, in Pichler's apartment, where he had been playing cards. After several people were unable to reach him in the coming days, they reported him missing. His vehicle subsequently was found abandoned behind a Bremerton restaurant four days after he was last seen, according to his family.

His family still doesn’t know what happened to him.

Pichler worked as a child actor in local commercials before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-90s. He appeared in movies such as "The Fan," "Varsity Blues" and "Children on Their Birthdays" before moving back to Bremerton, where he graduated high school. He looked forward to moving back to California to resume acting, his family said.

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soundoff (82 Responses)
  1. Madlogic

    They may never find him since CNN keeps changing his name from "Joseph" to "Jason." Do you guys still have proofreaders?

    April 1, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Freddie Mercury

    Nancy know more thans shes telling.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mom of 3

    Used to like Nancy Grace, before the "Let's MAX our ratings by becoming ambulance chasers". Not anymore. Read this just to find out who this guy was.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. GeoGirl

    Can't stand her – agree that she's pure evil that lives off other people's misery .... and OH! So Righteous she is!!!

    April 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Yakobi.

    So, why does the photo caption say "Jason Pilcher" when his name was "Joseph (Joe) Pichler"???

    April 2, 2011 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stephanie

    So sad! This man is probably dead and all you guys are rambling on about Nancy Grace. Regardless how you feel about her, atleast his case is getting exposure. His photo is out there! Maybe someone will come forward. I hope so for his family and friends I pray.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. LES2251

    Does anyonwe remember how she bullied Melinda Duckett?

    April 4, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Cache

      ...and when little Elizibeth Smart put her in her place. ha. The Duckett thing is bad. Nancy's dangerous.

      April 9, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Just concerned

    Let's be mature ok?

    April 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RemoveNanyGrace

    CNN's efforts to locate 50 missing young people in 50 days is admirable. However Nancy Grace does not belong on a serious news show. She is abrasive, makes outlandish and exaggerated claims when interviewing experts and reduces the tone of professionalism I had associated with CNN.

    April 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jess tillman

      i agree 1189% !! get rid of her!

      April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robin

    I feel very bad for him and his family but Nancy Grace is not the person who will find him...She is an annoying bully.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Wade

    Yeah, i remember Nancy Grace bullying Melinda Duckett into suicide. Totally ambushed a distraught mother, and preyed on her weakness, till the girl snapped and killed herself. Nancy Grace should be behind bars.

    April 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tim

    good thing I wasn't on one of her trials. Just from my dislike of her they would have been found innocent or deadlocked.

    April 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. lou

    Why is it all liberals hate people who are doing the right think, she may be a bully who cares she is sticking up for victims and not letting people get away with murder. liberals always support the murderers she speaks the truth and means business and too bad of people do not like it. go nancy you are the only one protecting the innocent, woman and children something the bloggers on here care nothing about. Melinda duckett commited suicide because she probably murdered her little boy what about him huh people nancy just wouldn't let her off the hook and you feel bad for her ? Now that was a little biotch she had the cutest little boy ever and good one less murderer in the world and hope she is in hell where she belongs. If she hadn't done it she would not have committed suicide put the blame where it belongs peiople

    April 7, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      You are demented, lou. Why do you assume that it is 'liberals' that dislike Nancy Grace? I think there is an equal opportunity for all political affiliations to find Nancy Grace distasteful. The idea of 'evil liberals' is a manufactured scare tactic. Wake up.

      April 7, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • I Like Turtles

      I'm no liberal, I Know nothing about politics, but I do know nancy grace is a (insert prefered slan remark)

      April 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Could you repeat that in English, please?

      April 12, 2011 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Sdrett69

      If you had someone you loved missing you might use her who knows what we would do if it was our loved one missing?

      April 14, 2011 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
  14. Elizabeth

    Pay attention to me!
    My opinion matters!
    Give me my 15 minutes of fame!

    Now who's annoying :p

    April 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  15. krtiredmom

    If you hate Nancy don't watch her. Yes she can be a bully and annoying but bet if your kid was abducted you would love for her to put their picture up and talk about them every night for an hour on national TV over and over for a month...

    April 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
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