Cox family spokeswoman blasts Josh Powell for recent statements

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  • snowman Provo, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 9:11 p.m.

    Reasonable Person: I do it to keep my kids off of the wet carpet. No mystery here. Lots of families go camping in the winter. Scouts do it all the time.

    Hellooo: Helllooooo, they can't prove a crime was committed.

  • Hellooo Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    We should all send our compliments to the local police for this stellar job of solving the crime.

  • Reasonable Person Layton, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 1:44 p.m.


    How many people use a fan to dry carpet, in between a houseguest's Sunday visit AND taking their children "snow camping" in the winter?

    If you're thinking Susan Powell cleaned the carpet herself, WHY would she bother doing that if she planned to run away?

    If you read the Tribune, you'll find Josh's father says it was a "juice spot" and under the sofa.

    What kind of a late-Sunday emergency was it, under the sofa?

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 12:33 p.m.

    So. Cal Reader: The cops can't prove there was a crime committed so why should he talk to them.

    LaBronna's Mom: Lots of people use a fan to dry a carpet that has just been cleaned. No mystery there.

  • Doctor Tucson, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2010 11:14 a.m.

    Okay, I'll try again. I won't call my2Cents an idiot this time. Did she access her bank account? Surely if she was planning to leave and had a separate account she would have emptied it. Also the police went after a suspect in the Smart case and he died in jail.

  • Sarah B Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 11:08 a.m.

    There is plenty of evidence of a crime. Since they only get one chance to prove it, they want to make sure all the bases are covered.

    Whatever happened to common sense? His story is so unbelieveable. Who in their right mind takes very young kids camping in the middle of the night, in the middle of a blizzard in December? Do you honestly believe he "forgot" what day of the week it was when he didn't show up for work? Yes, people do get their days of the week mixed up, but it lasts a few seconds before they realize it. That usually happens when there is a holiday or people are on vacation. Not when you have a predictable weekly schedule. He had attended church that morning. He didn't forget it was actually Monday. What about the wet spot on the carpet? Use your minds people.

  • AZRods Maricopa, AZ
    Nov. 6, 2010 11:07 a.m.

    2cents-Does the LDS bashing just come out of your mouth on every Utah related subject?
    Do you have some magical way of determining that someone commenting on a Deseret News article is LDS?
    And if someone finds Josh's story more than a little suspicious, (remember the whole story-Josh takes boys camping in the middle of the winter, wife disappears, something wet on the carpet with a fan running to dry it out when the police arrive)
    I agree that there clearly is not enough evidence to convict.
    But to attack anyone who disagrees with you, and then to assume that they all must be Mormons is just ignorant and small minded.

  • chicagoslc Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 10:36 a.m.

    re My2cents

    Great comment. The Cox family spokesperson calls Josh Powell's statements baseless, but their own comments are baseless. Hundreds of people have been working to find evidence of a crime, but there is nothing.

    But there is evidence she had separate checking accounts and was planning on leaving her husband.

    The point is that the majority of people believe Josh Powell is guilty because of what the Cox family and friends have said in statements and Josh Powell's shady camping story. But when there is some evidence that shows Susan was preparing to leave and statements that make Susan Powell look bad, the majority of people largely ignore this.

    The bottom line is no one knows and there is no clear evidence that points in either direction. The best case scenario is that Josh Powell is right and the majority is wrong. That means Susan Powell is alive. I want to believe Josh Powell.

  • My $0.02 Roy, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 10:22 a.m.

    I believe Josh Powell was treated UNFAIRLY from the start. Especially by the PUBLIC! We in Utah who are supposed to be "Loving" and "Non-Judgmental" need to think twice about who we are and who we are supposed to represent! I think personally those who are "Country Club LDS MEMBERS" are about the most judgmental egotistical and harshest people I know. I am ashamed for them, and they should be ashamed of themselves for keeping their children from playing with other children, from back-biting and being so cold to others. If these types of people were not so judgmental imagine what the growth rate of the church would be here in Utah! I feel badly for the family, and for Josh, and especially those children. More so, I feel sorry for those who judge wrongfully and are not accepting of "Outsiders" and those who need special love and help. As for those who live the way the Savior would have them live, I applaud you, because it is people like you that keep me coming back to church every week!

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 9:53 a.m.

    On a second note Their is only one and maybe two people for sure who know where Susan is. Susan and Josh. Everything else is speculation at this point. Here's to a happy ending..

  • LKA Tremonton, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 9:09 a.m.

    People think they really know somebody. Her friends and family say "she would never do that." Nobody really knows anybody. Who knows what her state of mind was. And yes Josh still looks as dirty as ever in this case. What troubles me is his statement about "grinding hamburger". I am still leaning toward the husband as the guilty party. When I was growing up the police meant something and would help solve most situations. Not the case today.

  • md Smithfield, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 8:39 a.m.

    re My2cents:

    Sounds like you should investigate this crime if you know so much. Get after it.

  • OnlyInUtah Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 8:37 a.m.

    Agrees with Cats @ 7:48

    Josh is full of lies.. this is just an attempt to redirect the focus away from his guilty self.

  • Cats Provo, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 7:48 a.m.

    This guy is such a bald-faced liar!

  • LaBronna's Mom Broken Bow, OK
    Nov. 6, 2010 7:46 a.m.

    What ever happened about the spot on the rug that had a fan on it drying when the cops busted in the house ? Did they ever figure out what it was? I can understand why people don't want to talk to the cops, but can't he take his lawyer with him so they don't bully him and just answer some simple basic questions? I guess it really doesn't matter...there is no bringing her back if she's dead. Some things God just has to take care of. And He will. May God bless all the innocent parties.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    Nov. 6, 2010 5:34 a.m.

    Come on, Josh! You gotta do better then this. All these weeks/months of staying mum and this is what you say? If you're so willing to talk to a newspaper reporter in the comfort of mommy & daddy's home, why don't you "chat" with some law enforcement officials while connected to a lie detecter? I know they'd love to talk with you. Those usually come in handy in helping "criminal" investigations. If you're so innocent, what do you have to lose, pal?

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Nov. 6, 2010 3:51 a.m.

    This man's scenario is just as plausible and believable as any other scenario. So far nothing is known or proven other than the woman has disappeared on her own recognizance or kidnapping, neither of which has been explored.

    The police idea of investigating is a narrow minded approach. They have done nothing to look for the lady and everything to try and prove a crime that may not exist. Law enforcement is very creative and prejudiced in investigations and how fixated they get on a single scenario. What about all scenario's? Women and men have disappeared all the time for many years by their own hand. Family's friend's, coworkers, and others never really know someone the way they think.

    Elizabeth Smart is another case where law enforcement had it in their minds it was a family affair of murder when she disappeared and where in the process of creating evidence to punish the mother and/or father for her disappearance. The parents were the only people of interest. Bet you don't remember that either.