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On Wednesday, December 7, news broke that Josh Powell filed a new declaration in the custody case for Susan’s boys.  Read the entire document here, courtesy of FOX 13:

Josh Powell’s Declaration

You can read more on this story from KSL TV, the Salt Lake Tribune, the Seattle Times, KIRO TV, and KOMO News.

As many people online have noticed, the timing of this new declaration is not lost on anybody.  This week marks the 2-year anniversary of Susan’s disappearance.

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To friends and supporters of Susan and her family,

Next week it will be two years since December 6, 2009—the day that Susan Cox Powell was taken from her home, her family, and all those she loves and cares about.

The past two years have been a terrible ordeal of grief and heartbreak, but we have not given up hope: we know the police are doing everything they can. We believe they will find her and find the answers we all so desperately need.

But they’ve also brought surprising blessings. We have seen Susan’s life touch the hearts of many thousands of people all over the world. We’ve been the recipients of so much love, so much prayer, so many kind thoughts and wishes. We are so grateful for every person who has spread the word of Susan’s disappearance in any way, whether online or in person. The outpouring of support has helped us keep going.

Now that Susan’s beloved little boys are finally in a safe and stable environment, many people have asked what they can do to help her boys. The boys’ needs are being taken care of, but there are so many other children in need of help.

We know Susan always loved to serve and help others and she especially loved children. We’ve chosen to remember her in Utah at this 2-year anniversary by making donations to the Christmas Box House and the adjacent Group Homes for teens. This wonderful organization takes care of children who are in protective custody of the state, just as Susan’s boys were last month. Please see their website for more information about this organization.

We will be gathering donations for the Christmas Box House and group homes this Monday, December 5, from 7pm-8:30pm in the meeting room at Hunter Library in West Valley City (4740 West 4100 South).

Donated items must be NEW; donation needs include the following:

* clothing
* blankets
* toys
* games
* stuffed animals
craft kits and art supplies
* books
* hygiene products
* gift cards for community activities (movie passes, Lagoon tickets, fast food, etc.)
* gift cards to stores like Target or WalMart are very useful so items can be purchased as needed

Please see this link for a complete and detailed list of needs for the Christmas Box House.

Older children also in state protective custody are in need of many items, as well.  Here are links to donation needs for Salt Lake County Youth Services and their Christmas Wish List.

If you don’t live near Salt Lake City or can’t make it on Monday, but would like to donate, the Christmas Box House has a place to make online financial donations

They also accept donations at these locations:

Salt Lake City:
3660 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84115

Ogden, Utah:
1181 Christmas Box Lane (950 E.)
Ogden, UT 84404

Moab, Utah:
180 South 300 East
Moab, UT 84532

You could also find an organization or shelter in your own local area and donate things to help others, in Susan’s honor.

Susan has a loving and compassionate heart and she would love to participate in a cause like this, if she were still here.  Please join us in helping other children and honoring Susan as we serve others.

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On Thursday, September 22, Steve Powell, Josh Powell’s father, was arrested and charged with 14 counts of voyeurism and 1 count of child pornography. 

At the same time, police took Susan’s two little boys, Charlie and Braden, into protective custody

Friday morning Susan’s parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, went before a judge to request custody of their 2 grandsons.  Josh Powell has not allowed Susan’s parents to see their grandsons in over a year and a half.

Another hearing was set for this coming Wednesday.  The boys remain in protective custody at least until then.

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Before the Ely, Nevada news broke, the Cox family and Susan’s friends in Utah and Washington were in the midst of planning a “Honk and Wave” campaign to remember Susan. 

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Here’s a statement from Chuck Cox, Susan’s father, about this.  It was first posted to the Friends and Family of Susan Cox Powell Facebook page on Wednesday of this week:

From Chuck and Judy Cox and family:

We wish to thank all of you that continue to look for Susan and that have provided loyal support to our family. We continue to pray for Susan’s safe return, and to prepare ourselves for the worst. This Saturday August 20, 2011 we are planning a small flyer campaign to remind the public that Susan is still missing, and to refresh their memories of what she looks like. 

We continue to have confidence that the Police are doing all they can. Please feel free to join us in passing out flyers and reminding friends and acquaintances about the case and that we still need everyone’s help. The flyers will be located at 176th and Meridian in Puyallup, Washington and at 5600 West and 3500 South in West Valley City, Utah.

Here in Utah, we will be waving and holding signs for Susan from 11am-3pm.  We would love to have anyone and everyone drive by, honk and wave to show their support, and even stop and meet us so we can thank you in person. 

Here is a PDF file, graciously provided by FOX 13, of the 4-per-page fliers.  Please print some off and distribute them to your friends, family, and acquaintances no matter where you live.  Together we will FIND SUSAN!

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Yesterday’s search in and around Ely, Nevada by West Valley City Police Department (WVPD) sparked an enormous amount of articles, videos and comments online.  Here are a few of the highlights:

The Salt Lake Tribune posted yesterday morning’s press conference by the WVPD on their YouTube channel

Chuck and Judy Cox, Susan’s parents, appeared on the CBS Early Show yesterday morning

KSL has a good article and video of the first day’s search, along with sidebars of a video interview with Josh Powell and of the WVPD press conference from Friday morning

The Salt Lake Tribune has a comprehensive article on Josh and Steve Powell, including video clips

Here’s an article from the Deseret News, with many search and other details

Fox 13 has a recap of the first day’s search, including that police searched a dozen mines, are in Ely as a result of a search warrant, and that they might have gotten there earlier if Josh Powell had cooperated with police.

KSL also has a new interview with Josh Powell’s thoughts on the search in Ely, Nevada

ABC-4 has reaction from Susan’s father and from friends of Susan.  Fox 13 has more on Susan’s friends.

Examiner.com’s Isabelle Zehnder has a couple of new articles about Josh Powell and his claims about what happened to Susan

There’s been a lot of talking about the search in Ely, the WVPD, and Josh Powell.  Many people are not convinced by Josh’s interview

Criticism has also been expressed of the police and this search in Nevada; here’s a column from the Salt Lake Tribune regarding the search

In other news about Josh Powell: people worldwide were stunned to hear on Thursday that Josh Powell filed a restraining order against Chuck and Judy Cox, because they ran into Josh and their grandchildren at a local hardware store and asked if they could hug their grandchildren.

Regardless of how people feel about the search in Nevada, one thing is sure: it’s certainly brought Susan back into the national spotlight.  And for Susan’s friends and family, whose only hope, dream and wish is to find Susan and see justice done, that is a huge blessing. 

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One year and six months ago today, the lives of many people were turned upside down forever.  Susan’s little boys, Charlie and Braden, did not show up to daycare.  This was extremely out of character for Susan—she was always reliable so their provider, Debbie, got worried and called Josh and Susan.  Neither one answered their phones, so she went over to their house and knocked on the door.  There were no tracks in the fresh snow leading out of their house or garage; she called the emergency contacts.  When Jennifer Graves and her mother arrived, knocked on the door, called Josh and Susan’s phones, called their work and were told “they did not come in to work today,” they called the police.

This began the nightmare all of us who know and love Susan—and those who have come to love her– have been living the past 18 months. 

The Facebook page “Friends and Family of Susan Cox Powell” has supporters from all over the United States, Canada, and many parts of the world.  Some of them expressed their feelings about Susan this past week in support:

I did not know Susan personally, but I pray for her, her family, and all of her friends. Never lose hope
–Jessica

With some experience, I can say that I hate the thought of children being told that their mother deserted them. It makes me ill. I pray that justice will come to the person responsible for her situation. Just as much, I hope those boys can grow up knowing that their mother would never, ever walk out on them.
–Paul

Knowing what I know of Susan, I feel like I’ve missed out on knowing an incredible woman, friend, and mother. To me, my friends are my sisters. Susan did not deserve whatever has happened to her, and her children did not deserve to lose their mother. Her parents did not deserve to lose their daughter, and so on. She has so many people that love her and miss her. So much Family, and I do mean her friends as well as blood relatives. She did not walk away from her family. She did not leave of her own volition. I do pray that the Powell’s are telling her boys about her. The Truth about her. Not the nasty evil things they want the world to believe. Justice will be served. There’s no escaping that! Susan WILL Be Found!
–April

As the eighteenth month mark approaches, my heart breaks even more for Susan’s sons. They must be so confused to have their lives turned upside down when their mom went missing.

I continue to take a proud stand for Susan. I know without a doubt that she did not leave on her own. I know how much she loves her boys. I know how hard she worked. I know how deeply she loves God and her friends, family and even her husband.

I continue to pray that answers will be found quickly for her sons. They are young but never to young to know the truth. I believe the truth always comes out. I pray for that day so all the healing, forgiveness and repentance process can start for all who are involved.

Susan loves so many, it is a blessing that all who love her have come together to form a strong bond of Faith as they wait for the truth to come forward. I will pray with them, search with them, love with them and believe with them, along with the many wonderful people from around the world do. I am grateful for them all, as their support get me to the next day.

Charlie and Braden will know the truth one day and I will pray with all that we can put their lives in order and have them grow up to know what a wonderful mom they have.

Susan can be taken for our sight but never from our hearts and our memories. Until I see her again I will continue to stand for her, and treasure my memories of her and her sweet boys!
–Debbie

Susan remains in my prayers along with her family and friends. I continue to believe that the Lord will answer in His own time.
–Regina

I never met Susan personally, but I feel as though I know her now. through her Friends & Family. What a group of wonderful, kind, loving people. Just like Susan. She has made me want to be a better person. I will pray for her and her boys and family always! PUSH! ♥ [One of Susan’s favorite saying…PUSH = Pray Until Something Happens]
–Patty

Susan you are so Loved, I wish it was enough to bring you home. So the empty spot in our hearts could start to heal.
–Linda

DEAR SUSAN , i love you my sister in Christ. If i could i would travel the world to bring you home to your boys,family and friends. I know God has you in his loving arms no matter where you are, untill we find you and bring you home we hold you in our hearts
–Fonda

I did not know Susan either. But, she has been in my heart, thoughts and prayers. As well as her (((children, family and friends))). I pray that all will be answered soon. May God bless you all. ✞
–Robin

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