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Published: Sunday, Sept. 18 2011 4:28 p.m. MDT

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murray19
Murray, UT

I hope they really have some good information to justify all of the money and man power that has been spent the last few weeks on this. I would like to hear something solid about what was actually found or taken from the Powells.

Northern
Logan, UT

Josh is really quiet right now?

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I agree that this has to be expensive, but if the investigation succeeds it will be great in the interest of justice. It has also been educational for anyone interested in up-to-date methods. I'm in favor of commending the persistence and determination of the probing team, including the canine detectives.

Stenar
Salt Lake City, UT

Sounds to me like they're searching for a needle in a haystack.

Go Big Blue!!!
Bountiful, UT

I have a problem with the officer's 50/50 comment. He stated that there was a 50/50 chance that they had found Susan's remains. Then they said that since it was or was not Susan's remains, that it was a 50/50 chance. They clearly do not understand odds and statistics.

Say there is a lump in my back yard. Since the lump may or may not be a burried body there is a 50/50 chance that it could be Susan's remains? No. To say that there is a 50/50 chance you would need other evidence that led you to my back yard. Something that gave you a good idea that there would be a lump in my backyard. Perhaps a witness that thought they saw something strange going on at my house, or maybe they found a google earth search on a person of interest's computer showing my backyard. Or maybe they have mud from a person of interest's car that only exists in my backyard. Without some specific evidence the 50/50 statement is pretty lame.

I am very curious as to why the investigators want to generate all of this scrutiny.

ClarkKent
Bountiful, Utah

Is this an election year for someone on the police force in West Valley?

MoJules
Florissant, MO

Would they be able to get DNA off the burned wood?

EnglishAlan
Rugeley, Staffs

I am surprised and disappointed that so many of you doubt the motives and information coming from the Police. Surely, this shows that they are leaving no stone unturned in their search for this young mother. Why should they give out information that is integral to their case just to keep the morbidly curious involved?

These Officers are obviously keen to find Mrs Powell's remains, and bring to justice those responsible for her disappearance. Whether the percetages are 50/50 or 70/30 is irrelevat. They are surely saying that there is a possibility that the remains may be those of Mrs powell, but they cannot be sure. Would you rather they say that they are sure when they are not? Leave the experts to do their job, and don't attempt to undermine them. The search for this lady is literally like looking for a "Needle in a haystack."

MrsB1971
Kissimmee, FL

For anyone who is complaining about the cost involved, would you still be griping if it were one of your family members who were missing? I would hope not.

annewandering
oakley, idaho

MoJules, hmmm I think that when a person is cremated there is no DNA left. Still if the dogs found it there must be something there.

HugeJazzFan
Layton, UT

While I recognize the expense is great, one would have to question why we would not want to spend the time and effort. The thoughts of giving up on the search would be devastating for the family, but it would also open the doors for other criminal activity.

If a criminal knows that money is tight and an investigation won't be persued until proper closure is obtained, their warped minds would feel even more empowered in realizing they have a very good chance of "getting away with it".

Knowing that they will eventually be caught, probably keeps more people out of trouble than we realize. According to Plato - people realize "the badness of being harmed or wronged outweighs the goodness of harming others." In other words, even though we may be able to make things better for ourselves by "getting rid of" someone, the punishment for doing that is far worse than having to put up with that person. I believe every human mind understands this. Too many just try to get away with things and the more we allow them
to, the more violent they will become.

SSOLDMAN
MONROE, UT

The best way to defer costs of such an exhaustive search is to have those who are worried donate to the West Valley Police. If you really care then help. Otherwise stop complaining. They will do their best, this is not a one hour CSI show. Not everything is resolved, nore is every little loose end tied up. This is real life, where the unthinkable happens to a lovely young lady and her little boys.

murray19
Murray, UT

The economy is bad and we as tax payers are paying for this search. I didnt say that I want them to stop. I said that i would like to hear something solid. The Utah west desert is very big and there is a 30 mile stretch between the campsite and Topaz so do we search all 30 miles? Is there even any evedince showing he was actually camping in that area? And yes cost is an issue unless your the "government".

SignatureHome
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Police = Keystone Cops

MapleDon
Springville, UT

The ineptitude of the WVC police is astounding.

The announce and hold a press conference in eastern Nevada to declare...that they have no information. And the search yields nothing.

Then they say they found human remains in a shallow grave near Topaz Mountain and that there's a 50-50 chance those remains are Susan Powell's. Then the story changed to there being evidence of human remains. Then finally charcoal. Wow. I guess that's why they gave it 50-50 chance.

They obviously don't know what they're doing and are thrilled to cry "wolf" and see the media/public reaction. The problem is they've cried "wolf" too many times.

They make Barney Fife look like a genius.

Silly Rabbit
Small Town, USA, UT

I believe everything the police have done is what they are supposed to be doing, they are doing what is expected. I do not read any former policemen on this post that are complaining about this process. How do we know they found nothing in Nevada, I hope all of you realize that the police will not release all the info they have, if they did then the perpetrator of this crime will know what is going on, the less they know the better.

So have faith that this is a slow process that might take a while longer

Mormoncowboy
Provo, Ut

It's either the police who are quickly jumping to conclusions, or it is the media who is reporting it, that is jumping to conclusions based on little bits of information.

bravesfan
OGDEN, UT

This is all posturing by the police department. If they make a big media deal about all of this and happen to be close then the guilty one might panic and make a silly move. I'm sure they have evidence of a certain type of dirt from the Powell residence and they are digging in these areas, if the police happen to be close, then Josh migh do something stupid and there is no question they are watching him close.

Bearone
Monroe, UT

@ SignatureHome and MapleDon

I am glad we have free speech rights in this country----
that makes it possible for you to say rather foolish things about the investigation. The police are doing everything in their power to solve this case in spite of what you and other ill-informed people say. I thank them for that. I hope they continue to fully investigate this case until it is solved. Please remember that the police do not tell you everything they are finding---we don't know the entire scope of this case.

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