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April
5th

Powell saga conclusion: everybody loses

There are lots of reasons to be happy these days. The economy is rumbling back to life, the lottery is kicking out millions to several lucky folks and Spring, finally, is in the air. I doubt any of that will help the mood of Buzz Nielsen, the police chief in West Valley City, Utah.

Nielsen’s department spent a great deal of time, energy and resources on the Susan Powell disappearance. Detectives conducted a painstaking crime scene investigation. They traced potential sites to find her body. Then they searched each location with shovels, dogs and determination. The intent of their efforts was to provide that

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Sep.
15th

Finding Powell’s remains will be more bitter than sweet

Family and friends of Susan Cox Powell have waited almost two years for some word, any word on the disappearance of this young mother from her home in West Valley City, Utah.

Now they have a word. Bones.

Investigators at West Valley City P.D., who first explored the rugged mine shafts dotted throughout an eastern Nevada scrubland, have finally come across a possible link to Cox Powell’s disappearance in the desert near Delta, Utah. According to the Trib article (9/14), human remains were found in one of these shafts. Could it be Susan Cox Powell?

We won’t have to wait very long for the what if’s to be answered. The Trib reported just this morning that the bureacratic step of an examination by a federal anthropologist is complete, and the remains are not historical. This paves the way for the bones to be transferred to the county medical examiner’s office. The M.E. has the responsibility to answer many questions to include the identity of the deceased and the manner of death.

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Aug.
29th

Police separating fact from fiction in Powell disappearance

Somewhere, sitting on a beach with her lover and sipping a cocktail with an umbrella, is the long-lost Susan Cox Powell. That, at least, is a plausible scenario according to her husband, Joshua Powell and father-in-law, Steven Powell.

It’s an interesting story, one many of us would like to believe, but the police would like to know more. Unfortunately, the Powell men remain hidden behind their attorney’s skirt, venturing forth only to spread salacious stories through tabloid and network news.

The disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, now almost two years ago, has been an extremely disturbing incident. The media feeding frenzy, the scathing exchange between the Cox and Powell families, and the exhaustive investigation has certainly wrung out the emotions of anyone associated with this case.

Besides the disappearance of a seemingly bright and energetic young woman, mother and wife, the story has become infamous because of its descent into the realm of fantasy.

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