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On Monday, December 6, 2010 Susan Cox Powell will have been missing for a year.

One whole year without her and in the lives of all her friends and loved ones a year of devastation, grief and heartbreak.  For her two little boys—they’ve lost their best friend, their protector, their comforter, their living angel. 

Two events have been planned in Utah to honor Susan and remind the public that she’s still out there.  One event is planned in Susan’s hometown of Puyallup, Washington.  Someone, somewhere, knows where she is—we desperately need to find her.


Monday, December 6:

Place: Whittier Elementary School (gym)
3585 South 6000 West
West Valley City, UT

Time: 6:30-8pm

Event: Storytime

Susan loves her boys more than anything.  They are her universe, and she loved doing things with them and spending time with them.  To celebrate Susan as a mother, we are holding a storytime for families.  Please bring your children, grandchildren, family and friends.  Kids can come in pajamas and bring blankets and pillows if they want.  Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. 

We will gratefully accept donations at this event of new or gently used books on behalf of the Granite Education Foundation.

Tuesday, December 7:

Place: Hunter Library (Meeting Room)
4740 West 4100 South
West Valley City, UT

Time: 11am-3pm

Event: Flier Distribution

The West Valley Police have developed a new “Missing” flier for Susan, and we are working with them to get the flier posted all over West Valley.  We need you!  Volunteers can come to the library on Tuesday between 11am-3pm, even if you only have half an hour during a lunch break.  We will have fliers and locations to take them. 


Tuesday, December 7:

400 River Road
Puyallup, WA
Time: 6-9pm

Event: Santa Cops

As a testament to Susan’s love of service, Susan’s parents, grandparents and other volunteers will be gathering to support Washington State Santa Cops, a non-profit Susan and her family has have worked with for several years. Volunteers will be wrapping donated gifts, sorting through donated food and preparing orders for local families. On December 16, 2010, local law enforcement officers will deliver groceries, new toys and new clothing to over 125 Puyallup-area families. Volunteers are asked to bring scissors and any NEW toys or clothes they wish to donate.


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The West Valley City Police Department has created a new flier.  The flier is available for download as a PDF file.  We ask everyone to download, print, e-mail, and share this flier everywhere.  It has been 360 days since Susan disappeared, and 360 days that her little boys have been without their loving mother. 

Please help us keep looking for Susan! 

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New flier provided by West Valley City PD

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After returning from the Good Morning America interview in New York,  Chuck Cox posted this statement to the Friends and Family of Susan Powell Facebook group:

Thank you all for your support. Thanks to the Media for giving us the opportunity to address these blatant falsehoods. Susan was first and foremost a loving mother totally devoted to her marriage and the support of her husband. We know as I am sure everyone realizes she was not perfect but I assure you, it wasn’t due to a lack of effort. Everyone that knew her can attest to her loving, helpful, optimistic attitude.

We appreciate your help, support and confidence in her. We know that the Police are doing everything in their power to resolve this case and bring the guilty to Justice. We will continue to do everything in our power to find Susan.

–Chuck Cox

Hundreds of statements of support for Susan and her family have been posted online since the Salt Lake Tribune interview with Josh and Steve Powell came out last Friday, November 5.  Here are some thoughts from the “Friends and Family” Facebook group:

James wrote:

Dear Chuck and Judy, we know the truth. We know Susan would never leave her children no matter how much trouble there may have been (or not been) in her marriage. I know it’s hard to listen to unfounded accusations, but I hope you will remember the words of one of the ancient prophets, Elisha:  

Fear not: for they that… be with us are more than they that be with them. (2 Kings 6:16)

We love you and continue praying for you, your family and, of course, for Susan.

Trisha wrote about Susan’s family:

I can’t even begin to imagine what they are going through after the interview with the Tribune. Nothing but lies, lies, and more lies. Praying for Susan, her boys, her parents, and all of her family and friends.

Candice wrote:

One thing we know for sure: if Susan were to make it home, she would be WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS by her family, friends, community, state, nation, and anyone who knows about this in the world. Recent statements only seem to reflect how two people feel, and not the thousands, possibly millions of others who want to see Susan again.

We won’t give up hope! So many of us are hoping and praying in this hard time.


Anne wrote:

I would like Susan’s family and friends to know that I’m appalled and saddened at the recent rantings in the media by Josh and Steven Powell.

I hope you know that no reasonable person will put any stock whatsoever in anything these two have to say.

I continue to pray for you, for Susan’s sons, and for Susan.

Shirley wrote:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cox. I keep a flyer of your Daughter in my car window. People ask me why I still have it there after so many months have gone by. I tell them I will keep it up until Susan is found.We did that with Elizabeth Smart. Please know that your family are all in my husband and my prayers.

Maurine wrote:

Never Forget, Never Give Up! Keep Hope Alive, you never know what moment a miracle may happen. I pray for that miracle for Susan and her loved ones. Keep your eyes open to what is going on around you.  I keep thinking how her purse and phone were left behind…, that is not the actions of a wife and Mother leaving her home voluntarily. I have to believe someone out there has seen something. Keep Susan’s story and face out there where the public has her face clearly and freshly in their minds. I pray she will be reunited with her children in this life! Somebody knows the answers to her whereabouts, if you know anything, please have the courage to come forward and report what you know to the West Valley Police Dept, it is the right thing to do.

Kate wrote:


The heartbreaking thing is Susan didn’t ask for much. She strived each day to live a peaceful, happy life surrounded by the people she loves most. She isn’t a pushy, demanding person…she just wanted the opportunity to be the best mom, wife, daughter, sister and friend she could be…to live her life with grace and integrity, filled with love and joy as she raised her sons into men…I am heartbroken that someone thought she deserved less than everything, that they felt they had the right to dictate the course of Susan’s life, to deny her the God given right to be a mother to her precious sons….

We are here Susan, to be your voice, to be your strength and to be your advocate until we find you and bring you home. We are not going anywhere…11 months is a ridiculous amount of time but if it takes 11 years I will still be here ♥

Chuck Cox, Susan’s father, posted this shortly after the Tribune article was released:

“One more thing, most important: Keep looking.”

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Friday night, the world was shocked when Josh Powell broke his 11-month silence with an inflammatory 6-hour interview with the Salt Lake Tribune’s Nate Carlisle.

Josh and his father Steve Powell made many claims in the Tribune article, including the following:

* They believe that Susan “ran off” with a boyfriend because she is “sexually and financially motivated”

* They believe Susan is “mentally unstable”

* They accuse the Cox family of starting a foundation to help other adult missing persons as a cover to “solicit donations”

As quoted in the Salt Lake Tribune article, Jennifer Graves, Josh Powell’s sister, had this to say about Josh and Steve’s claims:

“They’ve basically accused Susan of being a slut, and it’s offensive to me,” Jennifer Graves said. “She was not. She was frustrated with her marriage.”

Her husband Kirk added, “They need an explanation for why she’s not around.  He can’t say ‘Of course, she’s not around because I killed her.’ ”

The Graves’ told the Salt Lake Tribune that Susan was NOT mentally unstable and that, in fact, it’s the Powell side of the family—Josh and Steve’s side—that have mental issues. 

The article goes on to say:
The irony, the Graveses said, is that one of Josh Powell’s brothers has been diagnosed as bipolar and schizophrenic. Steve Powell, they said, is a controlling person who often drives the actions of some of his children. With mental illness running in the family, the Graveses wonder if Josh might be the one suffering from it.

The Tribune article has garnered a passionate response all across the world, as online readers weigh in on the subject.  The overwhelming majority of people have spoken in support of Susan, her two little boys, and the Cox and Graves families.  The local and national media also had a swift response.  There are now too many articles and videos to list them all, but here’s a few:

Good Morning America’s report on Sunday, November 7

A report from Seattle’s QFOX13

Statement Analysis goes through the entire Salt Lake Tribune article and highlights disturbing passages with some very thought-provoking discussion

Local Salt Lake City TV station ABC-4 has reaction from the Cox and Graves families

On Monday morning, Chuck and Judy Cox, as well as Jennifer and Kirk Graves, were interviewed in New York City for Good Morning America

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Sergeant Robert Bobrowski of the West Valley City Police Department posted another statement today on the Friends and Family of Susan Powell Facebook group:

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to send out a message to let you know we are still actively working this case. The investigation team and the police department are constantly asked, “What can the public do to help?” and the best answer I can offer is be our eyes and ears.  Make sure any relevant information gets to the police quickly and directly. All information received is reviewed by a detective assigned to the investigation team. 

As always, if you have any information that you feel may be beneficial in helping find Susan you can either contact me directly via email at Robert.bobrowski@wvc-ut.gov or call the West Valley City police dispatch (non-emergencies) at (801) 840-4000.

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For the first time since Susan disappeared, the West Valley Police Department (WVPD) has put out a press release on the status of Susan’s case.

Here it is, as posted on the Friends and Family of Susan Powell Facebook group:

Good Afternoon and please allow me a brief moment to introduce myself to everyone here. I am Robert Bobrowski, a detective sergeant with the West Valley City Police Department and the supervisor responsible for the dedicated team of detectives assigned to the disappearance of Susan Powell.

I will attempt to post a message from our department on a regular basis and if you need to contact me please email me at robert.bobrowski@wvc-ut.gov. If appropriate, I will do my best to provide you with a timely response.

On behalf of Police Chief Thayle “Buzz” Nielsen, the investigative team and the police department, I am posting the following release:

The disappearance of Susan Powell is still the top priority for the West Valley City Police Department. To date the department has dedicated over 5000 hours to investigating Susan’s disappearance and has involved numerous outside agencies including federal, local and out of state to assist us in our efforts. Investigators have received and investigated hundreds of tips from the public and continue to receive more information daily.

The West Valley City Police Department would like the public to know that we appreciate their response to our continued requests for information that might help us find Susan.

The department, with the help of trained professionals, has conducted numerous searches of the area where Joshua Powell stated that he went camping the night of Susan’s disappearance. These searches have included aerial searches, ground searches and searches of the mines in and around the Simpson Springs area.

As we have from the beginning of this investigation, we would encourage anyone with information that might be pertinent to the disappearance of Susan Powell to call the West Valley City Police Department at 801-840-4000.

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Susan’s father, Chuck Cox, posted this note on the Friends and Family of Susan Powell Facebook group yesterday:

Thank you all for sticking around. I know your lives go on and many things compete for your time and attention. We have not given up and we wish we could provide some new encouragement, or information. However at this time, we have nothing to offer except our gratitude for your prayers and support. We continue to pray for those searching for Susan, and for those with information to come forward. We pray for her safe return and if that is not possible for the truth to be made known. We know our daughter is being watched over by a loving Heavenly Father and trust that she will be found and there is a good reason why she has not been found. We know that the Police and all of the other good people are doing every thing in their power to help. So we wait, we hope, we pray, and we try to help others as Susan always did. Thank you again, your words, prayers and support help keep us strong.

Responses to his message included words of hope and encouragement and faith from as far away as North Carolina, Canada, and today, Spain.

Support for Susan is still unflinchingly strong and so very appreciated by Susan’s friends and family.  The West Valley City Police Department are still receiving tips on Susan’s case.

Ribbon courtesy of Allyson Holmgren

Another kind of crucial support for Susan has been the media.  The continuing coverage of Susan—even when there’s not much that’s new to report—by reporters like Michelle Sigona, Isabelle Zehnder, and Brent Hunsaker has helped so much to keep Susan in the public eye.

You can see Brent’s latest blog entry here—it’s another brilliant one.  Thank you to the faithful reporters and all of the people who love Susan and are praying for her return!

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