The entire family grieves when their loved one goes missing. Typically anybody outside the family would be willing to provide moral support and information for the family regarding the possible whereabouts of the disappeared person.
Sometimes they volunteer to go on the field and help the authorities track down the mystery and traces of the disappearance, as long as it doesn’t intervene with police work in the process.
Investigations become much more challenging when the family is allegedly involved in the disappearance.
If the missing person case alone is not bad enough, the police must deal with potentially misleading statements from the spouses, in-laws, and relatives.
These people otherwise can give the most relevant information. The disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, a wife, and mother of two, is an enduring example of that.
Susan Cox Powell was reported missing on December 7, 2009. Anyone outside of her family home in West Valley City, Utah, saw Susan the afternoon before at around 5 p.m.
In Utah, a missing person is legally declared dead on the fifth anniversary of the disappearance, given the contrary’s absence.
The circumstances surrounding the case have grown even more bizarrely horrific over the years as investigators also revealed that their father had murdered her two sons. He then took his own life in an explosion.
The Powells, consisting of husband Joshua, wife Susan, and two sons Charlie (4) and Braden (2), lived in a home in West Valley City, Utah. The family filed for bankruptcy in 2007, with a debt of as much as $200,000.
In June 2008, Susan wrote a letter dated June 28, 2008, addressed to family and friends, telling them that Josh threatened to destroy her if she filed for divorce.
It also contains a statement suggesting that it might not be because of an accident despite appearing like one if she died.
9 Last Seen
On December 6, 2009, at around noon, Susan took her two sons to a local ward of Mormon Church.
Later in the afternoon, a neighbor visited Susan at her home and left at around 5 p.m. That was the last time anybody outside of the family saw her alive.
Her husband Joshua Powell took the sons to sled and returned home at 8:30 p.m. Then, around midnight, a neighbor noticed the sound of a car alarm from inside the Powells’ garage.