Missing: Susan Powell - She is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
While the case of the missing Susan Cox Powell has understandably dropped off the media radar due to the lengthy passage of time with no progress towards resolution, not everyone has forgotten about her. KSTU Channel 13 reports on the continuing efforts of two volunteer groups to find her.
The two groups are Mojave Underground and the Bridgerland Fire Company. During the weekend of April 23rd, 2011, the Bridgerland Fire Company conducted a new search, this time at a large patch of desert on the northern end of the Great Salt Lake. It also served as a training exercise for new recruits. News video embedded below:
Unfortunately, this weekend's effort bore no fruit. But Bridgerland Fire Company plans another search for June. Mojave Underground has focused on searching abandoned mines for any sign of the missing mother.
The behavior of her husband, Josh Powell, continues to be inexplicable and is rightfully questioned. At the outset of Susan's disappearance on December 6th, 2009, Josh seemed reluctant to fully cooperate with police, and was designated a "person of interest" as a result. About two weeks later, Josh took the two kids and moved to Puyallup, Washington to be near his own parents. Former FBI profiler Cliff Van Zandt weighed in shortly thereafter, and noted that there were a number of oddities about Josh Powell's behavior, even opining that the case reminded him of two other missing women cases -- one of which is that of the wife of former police officer Drew Peterson.
Perhaps that behavior could be attributed to grief; there's no scripture that prescribes a certain way to handle grief. But Josh's disinterest and disinclination to cooperate in the search continues to this day; Bridgerland spokesman Jon Watkins said he originally asked Josh Powell for assistance in some of their earlier searches in Tooele County, but was rebuffed. It's almost as if Josh Powell is content to forget Susan ever existed. I'd like to think I'd be busting down doors trying to find my wife if she disappeared.
A Google search revealed that the last known time Josh Powell spoke out was in November 2010; he said that his wife is extremely unstable, and that he believes mental illness drove her to leave her family behind. He claimed that only reduced scrutiny from her family and the public would speed her return. Josh's father Steve Powell believes his daughter-in-law ran off with a boyfriend. He said Susan talked with her friends about sex and the sexual encounters she had before meeting her husband. But Jennifer Graves, who is Josh's sister, rebuts these notions, claiming that Josh and Steve Powell have concocted these stories to cover up their possible involvement in Susan’s disappearance.
If Josh Powell was not responsible for the disappearance of his wife (and it is still indeed possible he isn't), then he has a remarkable lack of capability to project any empathy. Such people exist; they are not bad people, but simply aren't hard-wired with that capacity. I don't believe Susan Powell would just up and disappear by choice; she may have wanted to get away from Josh, but she's also a mother who undoubtedly loves her kids. Walking away from her kids would prove too much for her to bear in the long run.
Those who want to track the progress of this case more closely can visit the following websites:
-- Susan Powell Facebook page HERE.
-- Susan Cox Powell Foundation website HERE.