Josh Powell's brother believed to have 'intimate involvement' in disappearance
The WV Police are perhaps the most inept force I've ever heard about, the
way they let Josh Powell manipulate that case. I pray that no one I care about
is ever dependent on that group for protection or to serve justice. Pathetic.
As much as I feel for both families affected by the events surrounding Susan
Powell's disappearance, the death of Josh and their boys, etc., I think I
speak for a lot of us when I say that it's time to move on. There are lots of other missing people who have disappeared in the meantime,
and as they've been gone for less time, it's more likely we might
discover what has happened to them, and it's time we focus on those folks
and their disappearances that still stand a reasonable chance of being found,
etc. As for Susan Powell...it's a cold case; unfortunate, but the truth.
I find it inexcusable that Josh Powell was not kept under surveillance
immediately after returning from the "camping trip". Did the West
Valley police think he would sit at home while they had his van. Also, the WV
Police should have asked for assistance from other police agencies in the state
before the crime scene became cold.
This is a difficult case but I don't believe that the investigation should
be completely closed. Cool Cat Cosmo says it's time to move on. I wonder
how he would feel if it was his daughter, or sister, or wife who had
disappeared. I can understand why the physical search may have stopped because
they don't have any leads on where exactly to look, but hopefully keeping
the investigation open will bring some new leads and give law enforcement an
idea where to search for Susan. She deserves justice and her family deserves
answers. Maybe we won't get them in this life but I hope the WVPD continues
Kelliebelle66,Let me see if I understand this..., you are suggesting
that the "inept" WVPD use what little competent resources they have to
continue an investigation that is 3-1/2 years old, provided little physical
evidence, chased leads from here to Washington, and expended countless hours and
incredible amounts of taxpayer dollars to locate what..., nothing. But, you hope
that they will find a body?I apologize for my directness, and my
heart goes out to the Powell family & friends, but I agree with Cool Cat
Cosmo..., it's time to move on and focus on those who are presumed alive.
Yes, even if it was my daughter, after 3.5 years I'd rather have the right
resources directed to finding someone like Elizabeth Smart or a missing child,
where there is evidence of life.Look at 3 girls/women missing in
Clevland Ohio; the case was left as a "Cold Case" in hopes of future
evidence, but they moved on..., how many lives were saved because of that
decision?A headstone has been put up, a memorial has been
constructed, now it's time to celebrate their lives by directing our
efforts and attention to those who need it.
Another sad chapter in this case initiated by the West Valley police force.
There are so many questions for this group. Why was Josh not apprehended and
questioned extensively? Why was his brother not questioned? Why did it take so
long to put sufficient evidence together for search warrants? Why were they not
able to decipher the phone calls between Josh and his brother? Why were federal
authorities not called in?It seems like this group and the city
leadership continually under resourced this effort in hopes that a lead would
break. It appears that the proper leadership and resources were never in place.
And now they are throwing up their hands and waiting after being played and out
whited by a sick and desperate Josh Powell.Terrible. This may very
well be a police investigation case-study on what happens when a police force
acts too slowly and underestimates the crime, the situation, and the
suspects.Sorry to be so critical, but this was a mis-managed case.
This bungled case has been brought to you by the West Valley Police Department.
If they'd have acted on this 3 1/2 years earlier, and arrested Josh Powell,
instead of letting him off the hook so he could dispose of her they'd have
found her and this case would be closed with a conviction and the two little
boys would be safe in the arms of their maternal grandparents.
If the 4 year old said, "Mommy came with us camping, but did not come home
with us", why did no one send a red flag flying? Kids don't lie that
young, so why did no one listen? This is very sad on all levels.
However guilty Josh Powell may be, I agree with the law enforcement and DA that
their wasn't enough evidence to file charges against him. When you only
have one shot at a trial you make sure you have enough to convict.
Circumstantial cases are very hard to make in court.In hindsight
they should have put surveillance on Powell immediately following Susan's
disappearance but that's easy to say three years after the fact. There are
lots of lessons to take away from this story (mental illness should be taken
very seriously, protect yourself if you think you're at risk, the husband
usually did it, etc). Hopefully the Cox family can also move on and
find some peace.
Is anyone else bothered by the actions of the WV police force in relation to the
two women who came forward saying they had a relationship with Josh Powell.
Here is the quote from the article: "When officers asked her questions to
see if she was being truthful, “She became defensive and eventually
disconnected.” Police were never able to identify the woman."Police interview a woman who had an affair with Josh and never got her name?
They dropped talking to her when she became defensive? And where is the
investigative reporter here? Shouldn't the question be asked, excuse me
did you say a witness came in and you didn't get proof of identity and when
she became defensive you decided to not question her further?Here is
the story of the second woman:" But when police went to her home, she
wouldn’t answer the door." Again, because she didn't answer her
door you dropped the investigation in relation to her.I have to
question the abilities of the WV police force, no wonder they have a gang
I was in the police academy in Utah during the O.J. Simpson trial. Every night
the officers would talk about the mistakes that were made. 4 Years later in
California's police academy the attorney teaching us shared O.J. trial
facts that didn't even go to court. He learned these facts when County
Attorney's meet for conferences and they go to the bar at night and get a
bit juiced and start talking about things they are not supposed to talk about.
Our attorney picked out the black cadet on the first row called him by name and
said I am sorry. O.J. Simpson is guilty. I have prosecuted 5 people in prison
for murder (for life.) They don't kill murders here in CA. I had 5 times
the evidence (then he corrected himself and restated 50 times less evidence than
they had against O.J. O.J. wasn't renting cars or going camping he was
playing golf. Josh Powell not letting his boys have anything to do with the
TRUE church says it all. Mercy will NOT rob justice Alma 25:25 SUSAN has her
boys NOW AND FOR ETERNITY.
I saw this morning on Fox13 news that the Susan Cox Powell case is officially
closed. I don't understand why there wasn't another search of a mine
shaft in the west desert called "Ironside"? I remember seeing an
interview on fox 13,last summer I believe in which a searcher stated that in his
opinion that shaft had been "intentionally burned" That shaft was
located close to the area where Josh Powell supposedly took his children camping
the night of Susan's disappearance.
In reading this article I’ve had many thoughts of how similar Josh’s
behavior, following his wife’s disappearance, was to that of Jodi
Arias’s following the murder she committed. Could Josh have had a
Personality Disorder of the same sort as Jodi?
I read about this online in People Magazine last week and was amazed that nobody
from the press here in Utah had ever looked into Josh's brother, Michael.
What a sad family. It makes sense that Michael Powell would have been involved,
especially given that he defended Josh for so long, then killed himself.
Let's hope that Susan is eventually found and that her family can have
I would like to see the DNews allow all comments to go through except for those
containing profanity or the like that is clearly unacceptable. The reason for
this wish is that I have noted ad infinitum double standards across the board
regarding what is acceptable. I see commentors here excoriating the West Valley
Police Force, for instance, but getting a negative experience with a popular
public figure published, or a factual experience that shows a sports team
entirely made of up people of a particular demographic in a negative light, is
impossible without watering it down or pleading for balance after first getting
it rejected. Let's either go by "encouraging a civil dialogue,
welcoming thoughtful comments", or let's allow everything to go
through. Having things censored by humans, (who naturally view things
subjectively) does everyone a disservice.
So ... are we to believe that the communications between Josh Powell and his
brother Michael were of such a sophisticated nature that the police could find
no one to help? Where technology is concerned, there is cost, but where any
profession is concerned, I am certain that there are capable people who are
willing to give of their time and expertise, or at least do so for a reduced
cost. Someone did not perform due diligence on behalf of this missing woman and
her murdered children. I cannot imagine the torture of the friends and family.
Having witnessed the possessiveness of his sons, Josh Powell revealed the
reason, if not the way (in the subduing of his sons before the fire), he
killed his wife.The miles covered the following day, apparently not under
surveillance by the police, would seem to be an effort to make sure that her
body would never be found.If this marriage was coming apart, it would be
the mother, who was apparently supporting the family who would have
custody of these boys, and not Josh. Case Closed.
RIGHT ON to Universal Truth's comments above. I too am tired of the
DN's censorship of comments, which merely represent human views.
I agree vegaspam. 100%. It is totally random.
I like, appreciate and welcome the censoring of comments. That way I get to
read the interesting and varied views without the profane, rude or idiotic
comments that appear in the comment section of my other favorite news sites.
Keep up the good work DN