Cox takes search for daughter Susan Powell on the road

The Salt Lake TribuneMay 28, 2013 

Chuck Cox won’t stop looking for his daughter, Susan Powell — and Tuesday began a 486-mile journey to cover a long stretch of Interstate 84.

Susan Powell vanished Dec. 6, 2009, from her home in West Valley City, Utah. Police suspect her husband, Josh Powell, was involved, but he and his brother Michael Powell, whom a Cox family attorney suspects was an “after-the-fact” accomplice, have since committed suicide, leaving her location a mystery.

Cox announced on the Susan Cox Powell Foundation website that he would make the trip to Pendleton, Ore., to pass out fliers about the case at gas stations and to people along the route to Tremonton, Utah. His daughter Denise said they reached Pendleton on Monday night and were traveling with two private investigators.

Cox suspects the Powell brothers might have dumped his daughter’s body somewhere along the route.

The fliers focus on Michael Powell’s Ford Taurus and a Ford Focus Josh Powell rented Dec. 8, 2009. Cox hopes the fliers will jog someone’s memory of seeing the two cars together.

Josh Powell returned the Focus two days later with more than 800 miles on it. During those two days, he activated newly purchased cell phones in Tremonton, Cox wrote.

The same month Susan Powell disappeared, Michael Powell’s 1997 Ford Taurus supposedly broke down near Pendleton, and he sold it to a salvage yard there.

“They may have worked together and drove two different cars,” Cox said. “That puts two silver cars in the same area over a short period of time.”

Police searched rural Oregon for Susan Powell’s body earlier this month and searched the Taurus in September 2011, but neither search proved fruitful.

They also looked for Susan Powell in abandoned mine shafts and across Utah and Nevada deserts. But after 3½ years, the West Valley City Police Department has closed its active investigation into her disappearance. Still, Cox isn’t going to stop.

“I believe that in some old outbuilding, abandoned shed, culvert or other structure or ditch near a road that was accessible ... we could find Susan,” Cox wrote in the online post. “As her father I have to look.”

He will have time only to pass out fliers. But in the future, Cox wants to return to the miles of highway and search more closely, checking abandoned buildings or other places his daughter’s body might be.

Staff writer Alexis Krell contributed to this report.

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