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Investigation in the '4th quarter,' West Valley chief says

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 27 2011 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Farmington, UT

Hopefully when this all ends the truth will come out and justice will be served. And I hope those two little boys find a somewhat normal life again.

Layton, UT

WVC PD keep up the hard work! I would rather see you take your time, and get it right, than do a rush job.

Most importantly, my prayers are with the Powell's children. I hope they get whatever help they need.

Orem, UT

I believe the best chance the police have of solving this case...is that we all start praying for them, and for the children...that they can find the truth. Prayer is a powerful force, and it is certainly needed now, in this case. Let's all start to pray for a resolution to this case.

On the other hand
Spanish Fork, UT

If it were my daughter who disappeared, I wouldn't expect any less than what the West Valley City police are doing. My hat's off to them. Keep it up, take your time, get it right, and may God bless your efforts.

Kissimmee, FL

Chief Neilsen, you and your investigators are doing a really good job. I am glad that you all are taking the time necessary to study and examine everything that you have. Thank you for confirming some of the things that have been going through my mind lately.
To the families of those who are working this case, Thank You for your patience and for the sacrifices that you are making to see that justice is served.
May God bless you all.

From Ted's Head
Orem, UT

4th quarter and the clock is winding down. The WVC PD has only so many times they can cry wolf before the press will start ignoring them. How interesting that they created this media circus with their much publicized investigations and now they need to deliver or admit they've got nothing. Let's see if Josh will really talk to the FBI instead of the local cops, who seem to have decided early on he was the guilty party and likely conveyed that attitude to him.

Kaysville, UT

Thanks to the Chief of Police for his tenacity and dedication to the people of West Valley City, especially the children in cases such as this. I know the police officers are just as committed to their job as evidenced by no days off in the heat of the battle.

Third try screen name
Mapleton, UT

The police chief should be ashamed of the way they have involved the press.
It is not only unprofessional to have the media tagging along, but it also contaminates the potential crime scene.
WVCPD feeds the frenzy with nonsensical press conferences and meaningless answers.
Don't invite the press. If they show up, keep them a mile away from the site and don't give them photo ops. If they corner you, say "No comment."
The chief and his people have not done that.

Springville, UT

After the inept handling of this case to date, how can anyone take this unprofessional crew seriously? All they've done so far is cry "Wolf!" every few months--and then (for a reason I can't figure out) receive the support of the press.

This has to be frustrating for Susan's family.

Layton, UT

Third try screen name | 6:48 a.m. Sept. 28, 2011
Mapleton, UT
"The police chief should be ashamed of the way they have involved the press."

Have you ever heard of a little thing called the "First Amendment" to the U.S. Constitution, or the Utah Freedom of Information Act? Law enforcement has no control over the press, and that is a good thing. We want to know what is going on in our governments (especially law enforcement).

If you can't beat them, than have them help you. By letting people know what is happening, and where they are looking maybe someone will remember a trivial fact that will help the family find closure.

Say No to BO
Mapleton, UT

First of all, WVCPD INVITED the press to tag along at Ely.
Second, police are well within their rights to demand distance from the press.
Third, their press conferences have been loose-lipped gaggles of misinformation.

Accommodating First Amendment rights is one thing; their behavior is quite another.

Fruit Heights, Utah

As a former prosecutor when cops get this personal their objectivity disappears. They become myopic and miss leads that would otherwise be there. The approach used by West Valley is what gives rise to the need for prosecutors to have their own investigators--to make sure the cops do it right. These same cops who want "people of interest" to give up their constitutional rights are the same cops that will use that information, real or imagined to prosecute may suggest why someone would not want to speak with the police. All this grandstanding is amazing. The cop that lives by the press can also perish by the press.

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

I, too, am glad that West Valley PD is persuing this investigation with such ferver. However, Chief Nielsen, why provide this interview in the first place of a pending investigation? I don't the public needs this amount of detail. Particularly with open/pending investigations, I'm always of the opinion to keep one's mouth shut but keep the investigation going strong. It's OK to be a public figure and not demand your 15 minutes of fame in a newspaper or on TV. All I want to see are charges brought forward, and defendant(s) found guilty and sentencing imposed. I, for one, don't need to know the details of the investigation.

Tooele, UT

If they have more stuff than we could possibly imagine, how about some charges then?

Bountiful, Utah

I'm sure the families of other victims of crime in this City are quite happy with the promises this Chief has made and with all of the resources this Chief has allocated to this particular crime (read sarcasm here). Now Chief, when are you up for re-appointment of your position?

So. Cal Reader
Escondido, CA

Re: boatersteve "When cops get this personal their objectivity disappears... The approach used by West Valley is what gives rise to the need for prosecutors to have their own investigators--to make sure the cops do it right... All this grandstanding is amazing. The cop that lives by the press can also perish by the press." Very, very well said! I couldn't agree with you any further.

Bountiful, UT

'We've got more stuff than they can even imagine'

Yes but apparrently none of that stuff is the 'right stuff'. Or the killer(s) would be in jail.

desert dweller

I'll wait till the movie comes out

Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

The sad thing is that in this police department's zeal to put out "good press" about their efforts in solving ONE person's disappearance, they have very likely destroyed other crime scenes in the desert. It sounds like they sent 100s of volunteers out to a large area in the desert and have collected just about everything they could find. How will other agencies who may be looking for other lost individuals ever be able to make the tie into this evidence that this small town police department is now holding onto?

Farmington, UT

I wouldn't call Josh a "mastermind." I'd call him "lucky." Just like his daddy, who managed to keep his illegal porn for several years.

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