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Archive for September, 2010

Ed Smart and Ahmad Rivazfar are riding bicycles across America right now.  This huge feat is to raise awareness for missing children and child predatory crimes.  See their website: RideForTheirLives.com

On Friday, September 10, Ed, Ahmad and those joining them for this leg of the journey will meet on the south lawn of the Utah State Capitol (350 N. State Street).  This event is open to the public and we urge and encourage everyone to come.  Chuck and Judy Cox will be at this event to support Ed.  Please come!  

If you don’t live in Utah, please join Ed and Ahmad somewhere else on their journey.  Details of events and stops are here.

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On September 7, Seattle, Washington QFOX13 news broke the story of Josh Powell’s application to join the local PTA.  Click here for the article and video, including interviews with concerned parents.

Here’s another article by Isabelle Zehnder about the story.  The consensus of online comments seems to be that while people are very concerned about Susan’s two little boys—Charlie and Braden—and very much want to welcome them at school, they do not trust Josh around their children.  Parents say they are fine with Josh walking or driving Charlie to school and even with Josh coming to school events, but they don’t want him interacting with  their children.

One of Josh’s neighbors said (quoted from QFOX13):

"I’d like for him to be able to bring his kids to school, I’d like the kids to be involved in the school as much as possible, but as for him I’d like him to stay away from the school," said Quantrell.

Though, ultimately that’ll be up to the Carson Elementary PTA.

Carson Elementary PTA President Holly Mickel gave Q13 Fox News this statement on Tuesday about Powell’s application.

"Our PTA membership is open to anyone who would like to join and is interested in helping the children of Carson Elementary reach their full potential. All of our volunteers are required to complete the background check through the School District before volunteering."       (Source: QFOX13 News)                  

More news stories this evening:

More from QFOX13 on this story

From Arrika Von and Utah’s local FOX13 station, an interview with Jennifer Graves; and another article from Isabelle Zehnder.

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Susan Cox Powell has now been missing for 275 days.  Yesterday’s excellent story by Good Morning America sparked a resurgence of media interest, both locally and in Washington.  Here’s a rundown of the stories, articles and videos  from  Tuesday, September 7, the nine-month anniversary of Susan’s disappearance:

 Good Morning America’s report

Another clip of the GMA report, from Puyallup, Washington’s KOMO news

Local Utah station KSL’s interview with Jennifer and Kirk Graves

Local Utah station ABC-4 TV’s article

Isabelle Zehnder of Examiner.com’s article,  “Nine Months”—focusing on Steve Powell’s e-mailed remarks to ABC

Also, yesterday, news broke that a woman’s body was found in a shallow grave in Cle Elum, Washington.  The local sheriff’s team and some archaeologists are excavating the body.  We hope for updates as work progresses.

On the Friends and Family of Susan Powell Facebook group, emotions were high as those who knew Susan—and those who didn’t, but have come to love her as they follow this case—expressed feelings of anger, grief,  and sadness as well as hope, prayers, and faith. 

If you are on Twitter, follow @FindSusan for updates on any news we get.

SusanPowell FB profile flier

PLEASE keep spreading the word of Susan—someone, somewhere knows something…has seen something…can help the police solve this case and find Susan.  If you have any information that might help police, please call the West Valley City Police Department at 801-840-4000.

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Tuesday, September 7 Susan and her story will be featured on Good Morning America on ABC.  They are doing a series on missing persons this week and spent a few days in Washington and Utah in August, filming for this segment. 

They chose a very good day for this story—tomorrow it will be NINE MONTHS since Susan was ripped away from her home, her children, and everything she knew and loved. 

Susan’s friends and family want to thank GMA, ABC and everyone who worked on this story for keeping Susan in the news!

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