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Witnessing the first public large-scale ground search for Susan Cox Powell in the west desert last Saturday was an amazing experience.  Here’s the rundown of news—articles, pictures, and video clips from Saturday’s search:

KUTV-2 news—reporter Chris Jones was at the search.

Brent Hunsaker with ABC-4 was also there.

Here’s KSL-5’s excellent video, picture gallery and article from Alex Cabrero.

Click here for FOX-13’s report.

Local newspapers the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News have their accounts and photo galleries as well (note: the Deseret News article has a couple of inaccuracies).

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Powered parachute over the waiting ATVs at Simpson Springs

As always, Isabelle Zehnder with Examiner.com has written several really good articles about the search, with picture slideshows and information not shown anywhere else.  Her articles:

Search—initial search report and first pictures

Search—report of 2 search dog findings

Search—leaders of the search share thoughts, details, and pictures

Search—this article discusses how the search had a positive outcome, even though it didn’t find Susan.

The desert search wasn’t the only Saturday activity that made the news.  In Washington, Chuck and Judy Cox were finally allowed to see their grandchildren—Susan’s boys, Charlie and Braden.  Josh Powell agreed to let Susan’s parents go to a local park and visit with the boys there.  You can read Brent Hunsaker of ABC-4’s thoughts on this visit, here.


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Four months ago today, Susan Cox Powell disappeared from her home. 

Her family and friend’s lives were shattered.  We never believed this could happen to someone we know—especially Susan, a person who lights up people’s lives and makes everyone smile when she walks into a room.  Everyone loves her.

We never believed it would drag on this long and that four months later, we still wouldn’t have answers or that Susan would still be missing.

But there’s still hope—hope that we will find her.  We believe we will.  We know the police are working day and night to bring her home, and that many thousands of kind and wonderful people the world over are praying and putting time, effort and money into finding her.  As I write this, plans are in place to mount a large-scale ground search in Utah’s west desert this Saturday.

Photography by Amber Hardman/Hardman Photography; digital art by Quail Feathers

Today—both four months since Susan went missing and what would have been Susan’s 9-year wedding anniversary—I’d like to share a little bit about Susan and what kind of person she is.  This comes from a church newsletter in Susan’s ward, written in November 2009, just one month before she disappeared.  The ladies did an interview “Spotlight” on her as they often do with one or the other of the women in our ward to help everyone get to know each other better.  Here it is:

Spotlight: Susan Powell

Susan is the third of four girls and was raised in western Washington state.  She and Josh got married in 2001 and moved to Utah in 2004.  She has two sons, Charlie and Braden.

Her favorite foods are Greek and Italian.  Popcorn and spaghetti are like chocolate to her.  Her food philosophy is “Cheese, peanut butter, ranch dressing or A-1 sauce makes anything taste good.”

Her favorites are: color = forest green, lavender/lilac purple; songs = “I Don’t Understand,” “Which Part is Mine” and “Celebrating the Light” by Michael McLean; books = anything murder/mystery, especially Mary Higgins Clark; movies = Enchanted, Get Smart, and most Disney movies.

Her hobbies are: crocheting, doing yard work, cleaning, doing hair, American Sign Language, yoga and pilates.

Her favorite places to go are Washington state to see her family and to be outside hiking and camping.  She would love to go to Hawaii with her husband.

She is a licensed series 7 and 63 stockbroker, real estate agent and cosmetologist.  She highly believes in saving money by growing a garden and becoming more self-sufficient with your food storage.

Photography by Paula Bunn/Sweden Studios & Amber Hardman/Hardman Photography; digital art by Melissa Pepper

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Cox family spokesperson Shelby Gifford posted this press release yesterday:

March 3, 2010
4:15 PST
Contact: Shelby Gifford, Cox Family spokesperson
SUBJECT: Candlelight Vigils Scheduled for Susan Cox Powell

Friends and family of Susan Cox Powell will host two simultaneous candlelight vigils for Susan at 7 PM on Saturday, March 6, 2010. This date coincides with the three-month mark since Susan’s disappearance December 6/7, 2009 from her home in West Valley City, Utah.

In Puyallup, WA, the vigil will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ridgecrest Building, located at 12407 Military Rd East, Puyallup, WA 98374.

In the West Valley City, UT area, the vigil will occur at 7 PM at the Centennial Park, located at 3050 South 5600 West in West Valley, Utah.

We invite everyone to join us and request that those in attendance bring a candle or two to light on Susan’s behalf. We will be meeting outdoors so we encourage you to dress warmly.

On behalf of the Cox Family, thank you for all your good wishes, prayers and notes of hope and support.


Style Note: At the family’s request, please refer to Susan as “Susan Cox Powell” in all electronic and print media references as of February 15, 2010.


Download links for invitations to the vigil:

Puyallup, WA

Salt Lake City, UT—English

Salt Lake City, UT—Spanish

If you live near these areas, please download and print these for your family, friends, and neighbors.  We hope to see you at the vigils!

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I want to apologize for not updating this blog for the past couple of weeks…the tension, worry, stress, and exhaustion got to me finally and I have been pretty sick. 

Now I’m better and back at it and glad to report, finally, some stats from the Week of Service.  We only had a very few people report in.  Many preferred to keep their service quiet, or didn’t have much access to computers.  But I did get reports from a few people and the service given touched and warmed my heart and the hearts of Susan’s family.

Hours spent in service: 422

Hats: 53

Booties: 3 pairs

Blankets: 42 (many more have come in since this report)

Scarves: 3

Other items: 21 (including a huge gift basket consisting of women’s beauty supplies and necessities, art projects and gifts for children, and more, donated to a local women’s shelter)

Medical dolls and gowns: 24

UPDATE from Jennifer Graves:

I have a final count for our service project. We completed 47 baby and children blankets for Primary Children’s Hospital! Total with all people involved we put in over 130 hours! Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!
–Jennifer Graves

This is a very small sampling of the actual service performed this week.  Not only did it cheer the hearts of Susan’s friends and family to do things in her name, but it also brightened the days of many others who didn’t previously have a connection to Susan.  One group of people in a senior center felt neglected and like their lives didn’t have much purpose.  After several Week of Service crafting afternoons were held in their building, they made new friends, felt renewed and lifted, and like they had a purpose again.  This picture of one sweet woman at the events says it all:

Puyallup event

Photo courtesy of Laurie Nielsen

If Susan knew of these efforts in her name, she would be so touched, inspired, and grateful. 

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This list is by no means complete and will be added to throughout the week, so if you know of an organization in Washington that needs handmade donations, please e-mail findsusanpowell@gmail.com with the subject “Week of Service.”  I need the organization name, website, donations needed, drop-off hours and locations, and any special notes.  Thank you for your help!

Tacoma and Puyallup

Tacoma Rescue Mission-Donation Warehouse
425 S. Tacoma Way
Tacoma, WA
Open M-Th 9 am-5 pm and Fridays from 9 am-4 pm
This warehouse distributes to all the shelters as needed.
405 Broadway
Tacoma, WA 98402
The YWCA accepts donations the second Saturday of every month.  They are in need of household items and gently used clothing.
A special service project honoring Susan has been planned for Feb. 8th & 9th from 2 pm-3:30 pm @  Silver Creek Retirement and Assisted Living:

17607 91st Ave E
Puyallup, WA 98375

Please come and join the crafting efforts in Susan’s name!


Ronald McDonald House–They would love blankets, hats, (they have plenty of scarves), delivery any time 9am-9pm 7 days/week    
(206) 838-0600,  5130 40th Ave Ne, Seattle, WA

St. Martin de Porres Shelter—Would love big blankets (at least twin size); delivery any time seven days a week, 24 hours a day
100  23rd Ave So.
Seattle,  WA  98144

Seattle Children’s Hospital: They dp take donations, delivery any time between Mon-Sat, 9am to 5pm.  Park in the first structure, donation office right across the street—to enter, go in the first entrance.
(866) 985-6718    4800 Sand Point Way Ne, Seattle, WA
To donate call the Volunteer office at: 206-987-2155

Valley Medical Center  They do take donations, call on Monday-Friday to find out what and when. (425) 228-3450, 400 S 43rd St, Renton, WA

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