With the warmer weather comes the inevitable—more and more bodies are being found in the Salt Lake valley and surrounding areas.
Every time we get one of these reports, our hearts drop. We teeter on the brink of wild emotions—hope that it’s not Susan, hope that it is. We want her to be alive but we also want her found and if she is no longer with us, we need to find her and catch those responsible.
A body was discovered by a worker at a potash plant near Wendover last Tuesday. Yesterday, another body was found in Red Butte Creek near the University of Utah campus. Crews were working to clean up the Chevron oil spill and found the body in some debris. You can read the local media stories here: KSL, ABC-4, KUTV2, FOX13, the Salt Lake Tribune, and the Deseret News.
[UPDATE June 22: The Red Butte Creek body has been identified. We are still waiting for word on the one discovered by the potash plant.]
Shelby Gifford, the Cox family spokesperson, posted this statement last night on the Friends and Family of Susan Powell Facebook group:
On behalf of the Cox family, thank you for your kind words of love and support on this very difficult Father’s Day. Like you, we’ve become aware of an unidentified body found in Red Butte Creek in Utah today. We have been in touch with investigators and have been assured that they will notify us once a determination has been made regarding the gender and age of the body. We will let you know what we find out as soon as we can. Thanks again for your concern for this wonderful family. We are grateful for you.
Chuck Cox, Susan’s father, had this to say late last night:
It has been a very hard day for me, personally. Every family I see, with young women headed for college or a young mother seemed to bring me a wave of grief. It is very hard to explain, I pray Susan is still alive. It helps to know that many people support her and her family. It is so sad that in just a few days, 2 bodies have been discovered. Every body found that isn’t Susan leaves the possibility that she is alive and will return. But it means some other family has lost a loved one. I know that Heavenly Father will answer our prayers. Thank you all for your support.
On Thursday a billboard went up in Salt Lake City. It is located on highway 201, and you can see it if you are heading east-bound, just east of the 8000 West stoplight near Magna and West Valley City.
Photo: courtesy Glenda Ryser