Police cease active investigation into disappearance of Susan Powell

The Salt Lake TribuneMay 20, 2013 

This image provided by Suzy Guzman shows Susan Powell, right, at a church function with her husband Josh Powell, left, Dec. 5, 2009 in West Valley City, Utah. Susan Powell, 28, was reported missing on Dec. 7, 2009.


— West Valley City police are ending the search for Susan Powell, according to officials.

Police also plan to release all documents related to the investigation into Susan Powell’s disappearance. Pyle called the documents "voluminous" Monday afternoon during a news conference.

Susan Powell was last seen on Dec. 6, 2009, at her West Valley City home, which she shared with her husband, Josh Powell, the only person of interest ever named in the case.

Josh Powell claimed he left his wife at home as he took his sons, then ages 4 and 2, on a late-night camping trip in the west desert of Utah. He denied having anything to do with his wife’s disappearance.

Josh Powell killed himself and their sons last year when he set fire to their rented home in Washington.

Deputy Chief Mike Powell said during the news conference that investigators believed "early on" that Josh Powell was involved in his wife’s disappearance.

He added that the investigation involved talking to hundreds of people and following hundreds of leads. He also said some of the documents that resulted from the investigation were protected by a secrecy order to "protect the integrity of the investigation." As of Monday, that order had been lifted, the deputy chief said.

His 30-year-old brother, Michael Powell, an ardent supporter of Josh Powell, committed suicide in February of this year by leaping from a building in Minneapolis, where he lived.

Michael Powell’s name surfaced last week in a People magazine story that detailed an interview with Anne Bremner, a Seattle attorney for Susan Powell’s family. According to Bremner, police started seeing clues soon after Susan disappeared that Michael Powell might have been involved.

At the time of his death, Michael Powell was embroiled in a legal battle in U.S. District Court for Western Washington with Susan’s parents Chuck and Judy Cox over $1.5 million in insurance policies issued to Josh Powell and sons Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5.

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