Search for Susan Cox Powell is over, West Valley police say

Josh Powell's brother believed to have 'intimate involvement' in disappearance

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  • dotGone Puyallup, WA
    May 22, 2013 12:07 p.m.

    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

  • mark Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 10:58 p.m.

    I agree vegaspam. 100%. It is totally random.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    May 21, 2013 7:05 p.m.

    RIGHT ON to Universal Truth's comments above. I too am tired of the DN's censorship of comments, which merely represent human views.

  • CB Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    May 21, 2013 1:56 p.m.

    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.

  • Universal Truth Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 1:29 p.m.

    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.

  • Anna Jo Salt Lake City, UT
    May 21, 2013 1:03 p.m.

    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 peace.

  • Lasvegaspam Henderson, NV
    May 21, 2013 11:26 a.m.

    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?

  • old_mopars_never_die Magna, Utah
    May 21, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    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.

  • ericNorCal San Jose, CA
    May 21, 2013 9:15 a.m.

    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.

  • Tilka PORTLAND, OR
    May 21, 2013 8:21 a.m.

    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 problem there.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    May 21, 2013 4:48 a.m.

    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.

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    May 20, 2013 11:04 p.m.

    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.

  • GC Addicted Washington, UT
    May 20, 2013 9:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 20, 2013 9:06 p.m.

    This bungled case has been brought to you by the West Valley Police Department.

  • Malihini Northern, UT
    May 20, 2013 6:21 p.m.

    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.

  • TruthBTold SLC, UT
    May 20, 2013 5:56 p.m.


    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.

  • Kelliebelle66 West Jordan, UT
    May 20, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    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 to try.

  • Bomar Roberts, ID
    May 20, 2013 5:04 p.m.

    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.

  • Cool Cat Cosmo Payson, UT
    May 20, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    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's a cold case; unfortunate, but the truth.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    May 20, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    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.