This editorial will appear in Thursday’s print edition.
Three-and-a-half years after it started, the most heart-wrenching missing person investigation in Pierce County’s history may have come to an end. And Susan Cox Powell’s remains have yet to be found.
The Puyallup mother’s mysterious disappearance in December 2009 was the beginning of a slowly unfolding horror show. The unimaginable climax followed a year ago February, when her husband, Josh, hatcheted and burned their two boys to death in a Graham-area rental house.
Josh Powell was the prime suspect all along, according to records just released by the Police Department in West Valley City, Utah. Susan disappeared in West Valley, and its detectives spent years searching for her body before finally calling it quits and closing the investigation Monday.
The released records held some surprises. Read more »