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Search for Susan Cox Powell continues today in Utah desert

The latest desert search for Susan Cox Powell resumed Wednesday morning with plans to search another swath of land and maybe some mines.

West Valley City, Utah, police arrived at the mountain at 9:11 a.m. and again unloaded all-terrain vehicles to traverse the dirt trails and sagebrush. Handlers prepared cadaver dogs for the search, too.

West Valley City police Lt. Bill Merritt said offices plan to search some abandoned mines in the area, but he did not know if that would be done Wednesday. The plan for Wednesday was to search an area northeast of Tuesday’s search.

The search Tuesday covered about 12 square miles, Merritt said.

Topaz Mountain, in Juab County, is about 35 miles northwest of Delta and is a popular area for gem and rock hunters. Police have said Josh Powell, the only person of interest named in his wife’s disappearance, liked to rock hunt and Topaz Mountain is about 30 miles from where Josh Powell says he took his two young sons camping the night his wife disappeared from their West Valley City home.

Police began their search around Topaz Mountain on Monday. Merritt has said detectives plan to search the area through Thursday.

Susan Powell, 28, disappeared Dec. 6, 2009 and was reported missing the next day after she failed to show up to work. Her husband has said he took their two sons, then ages 2 and 4, on a late-night camping trip to Simpson Springs in Tooele County, and when he returned, his wife was gone.

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