Search for Susan Cox Powell is over, West Valley police say
Josh Powell's brother believed to have 'intimate involvement' in disappearance
Investigators discovered a “last will and testament” in a safe deposit box that had been handwritten by Susan Powell and dated June 28, 2008. It was titled “For family, friends of Susan all except for Josh Powell husband I don’t trust him!”
“Susan writes that she prepared this document while at work and that she feels she must leave a paper trail at work where Josh can’t destroy it,” a police report states. “Susan documents that they have (redacted) life insurance policies in the event that one of them dies in the next four years.”
One the back side of the document, Susan Powell wrote: “If I die, it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one. Take care of my boys. I love my boys. I live for them. I choose not to cheat or do drugs because I wouldn’t want to risk losing them like (name redacted) with hers.”
One the front page she wrote: “I love you Charlie and Braden and I’m sorry you’ve seen how wrong messed up our marriage is. I would never leave you.”
A 44-minute video was also located in the safe deposit box, police wrote. It was dated July 29, 2008. Susan Powell filmed the family’s assets for insurance purposes. “At the end of this video, Susan turns the camera onto herself and says she was doing this in case something ever happened to her or her family,” a report states. “However, she hopes they live happily ever. As she says ‘happily ever after,’ Susan rolls her eyes.”
West Valley police also reviewed emails that Susan Powell had written to friends. In one dated July 18, 2008, she talked about meeting with a divorce lawyer at a friend’s house. “She also learned about people who are bipolar or have a mental illness and how to deal with them. Susan feels that Josh is bipolar and this is the reason they have problems in their relationship,” a report states.
Other emails described Josh Powell as extremely controlling, particularly with their finances. In an email dated June 2, 2009, Susan Powell “talks about how she’s running and working out and Josh wants her to run every other night to save water from showering.”
Over the years, the case took West Valley police to all parts of Tooele County, Topaz Mountain in Juab County, Ely, Nev. — including the searches of more than 400 mines — as well as Puyallup, Wash., Minnesota, Mich., Colorado, Florida and Idaho as they continued to search for Susan Powell's remains.
On Feb. 5, 2012, Josh Powell killed his two sons and himself in an inferno in their rental Graham, Wash., home.
Hellewell said she has been "waiting a long time" for the release of documents from police. Bremner had made multiple requests herself over the year, on behalf of Susan's parents, to get West Valley to release details about their investigation.
Even though the search for Susan Powell is no longer an active investigation, Hellewell said Chuck Cox plans to continue conducting searches. Now that information has been released, including maps of areas searched, she said Cox plans on organizing several searches in specific locations.
Contributing: Sandra Yi
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