"Mission accomplished?"Yes, if the mission was to remind
people that the case is still open and under investigation.
It was a PUBLICITY STUNT that really hurt some of Susan's friends and family
members. Was that the intended "mission"?
West Valley Police, what was the motive behind this? If you put out a press
release on a lead than the public deserves more than it is getting from you
right now. I hope there is more too this...if not then it is pretty
This is the kind of thing that should be kept under wraps until they find
something vital. It's cruel to raise the family's hopes and then find nothing.
If this were a police drama, perhaps the real killer would panic and
do something to incriminate himself, but this is real life. I still find Josh's
actions the night of the murder to be bizarre.
"Obviously we were able to successfully accomplish our goals."The ineptitude of WVC Police is astounding. Scheduling a news conference
and this "Mission Accomplished" Ely event to, as someone put earlier
to remind people that the investigation is still ongoing borders on stupidity.
It is interesting that every time Josh Powell makes a statement, he uses the
word "honestly" in that statement. I don't think he knows the meaning
of that word.
"obviously" we accomplished our goals? What is obvious, is that you
accomplished nothing. Ok, I don't know either way. However, Josh, who knows
something about all this, wasn't the least bit nervous. And, Josh didn't have
the means to go tramping into these remote areas in the winter did he? How far
could he realistically have carried Susan? Is there any evidence he had an ATV?
Without some explanation, sure sounds the police are bungling the
investigation. Why did they ever let Josh out of their site? Why didn't they
tail him when he rented the car? Did the rental have any recording devices?
These are some questions. I always wondered if he didn't just dump her body in a
dumpster, like that other killer did to his wife after pretending to be a
medical student. Why didn't they ever search all the dumpsters in west desert?
If the WVPD wanted pictures of of mine shafts, there are probably a couple
thousand old local geologists and rock hounds that could have helped them out
and saved the tax payers a lot of expense...Sorry to be sarcastic, but it is a
little difficult to swallow this latest caper in the Powell case. The simple
fact remains, the victim is more than likely buried out on the west desert,
probably within 100 yard off the beaten path of one of myriad side roads. The
site will more than likely never be found unless the murderer leads the
authorities to it. If Josh Powell did bury her, he had a whole night to find the
perfect spot and conceal it, helped by two winters of snow and summers of heat
and rain, it will be impossible to find. I have over many years spent alot of
time working and recreating out there, finding such a site would be like finding
a needle in the haystack. I hope I have to eat these words but I am afraid it
will be along time coming if it ever does.
West Valley Police,Please don't waste your time making news
conferences or making statements until you have something news worthy to tell
Friday will forever be known as the day the West Valley police cried wolf...
A flurry of PR activity does not an investigation make.Very
Disappointed. Hope was raised to a great level, then...nothing. Can this sort
of investigation be transferred to another police agency or department?In the future, I would recommend only calling a press conference when there is
some solid information that sheds light upon this tragedy.
Ya know, the public doesn't HAVE to know every little detail that is going on in
this investigation. How does anyone know if the stuff they found and hauled away
was key evidence or not? No one knows. What if by doing this it got the person
who did this(Josh Powell) scared and that will cause him to go to the body where
ever it is. And they are following him. Maybe he is waiting for it to all die
down a bit and he will make a move. No one should judge until all the details
are shared with to public. They may have gotten a little to close for comfort
for the person who did it, and that will cause them to come out and try and
clean things up and at the same time will get nabbed! Just my thought and
Wow. When I clicked to read the comments, I did not expect to find this stuff.
I am surprised that so many readers, without access to information about the
case, consider themselves to be more competent investigators than the WVC
Police. I am sure the Department will be engrossed by your suggestions.PS I'm not affiliated with WVC or its police department.
Waste of time on the tax payers of Utah....No Words.....?????
Looks like someone in the WVPD has been reading too many Agatha Christie novels!
Do they have a Miss Marple on staff? An Inspector Poirot? I only hope that
this mystery gets resolved with the same satisfying precision that Ms.
Christie's always do...
The WVC police department must learn that publicity stunts to use the news media
to spread lies is not a means of getting the support of the public. There is so
much corruption with police departments that are using borderline persecution is
not funny.I think the news medal was so embarrassed to be duped by
the WVC they had no choice but to bring up Josh Powell and make public innuendos
to implicate him as the reason for the investigation in Ely, Nevada.It's time WVC police department stop their arrogant harassment tactics and
start some sound alternative investigation procedures. Even if the police do
find a body it does not prove the guilt of anyone yet. And why kidnapping or
running away is not worth investigation perhaps it should become and alternative
to their investigation. When people want to disappear how many tell
family and friends that is their intention? Children and adults run away from
home all the time, why does that seem to be overlooked as a motive for someone
To all of you nay-sayers who think you know everything; you don't
wvc police:the press conference was a joke. turn the investigation over to
a group that doesn't care about "getting too dirty". Rookies at best!
""Maybe by announcing it, they thought Josh was going to get in the
car and drive to Ely and check a mine to make sure she's still there or
something," he said. "I don't know. I have no idea."Bertram said there is a tactic called "being proactive" that is
meant to let potential suspects know police are on their trail." And now, thanks to your reporting, Josh knows this. Way to blow it!
Is Barack running this show???
publicity stunt is exactly what this was and you all paid for it.
My2Cents | 3:59 a.m. Aug. 21, 2011 Kearns, UTThe WVC police
department must learn that publicity stunts to use the news media to spread lies
is not a means of getting the support of the public. There is so much corruption
with police departments that are using borderline persecution is not funny.I think the news medal was so embarrassed to be duped by the WVC they
had no choice but to bring up Josh Powell and make public innuendos to implicate
him as the reason for the investigation in Ely, Nevada.It's time WVC
police department stop their arrogant harassment tactics and start some sound
alternative investigation procedures. Even if the police do find a body it does
not prove the guilt of anyone yet. And why kidnapping or running away is not
worth investigation perhaps it should become and alternative to their
investigation. ------------------Nice to see the Powell family
reads the Deseret News.
The Powells are releasing Susan's teenage journals and saying she was suicidal
as a teen. Why would anybody do that to anyone, much less someone they claimed
to love? That is one of the scummiest things I've ever, ever heard.
I foolishly listed to KSL on Friday just prior to the strange news conference as
Josh Powells father was given over 10 minutes to state that FBI workers feel his
wife ran away (no substantiation by any FBI agent has EVER been made), feel that
another man ran away with her (no proof that the two knew each other has EVER
been produced) and several other "claims" that he spoke as truth
although no evidence of ANY of them has EVER been produced. Shame
on KSL for airing this without noting the claims are unsubstantiated. Very poor
reporting on KSL's part.
I hope they find her or her remains and get whoever is involved. No one would
voluntarily leave their two small children. The husband's alibi is so
suspicious. Seems to me the guilty always try to vilify the victim, and this
case is no different.
Missing from these articles is the confrontation that happened in Pullyaup
during this. Susan's family were on the side of the rode handing out flyers with
signs to keep her case in the public spotlight. Up comes Josh and his father to
their group. Steven Powell proceeds to start a shouting match with Susan's
father. Susan's father asked to hug his grandkids and was told "no"
and Josh goes on a tirade how Susan's family is trying to break them up. Josh's
father claims Susan's parents are villifying him (does he really need help with
that?) and that Susan ran off (does anyone buy that?). On a side note,
what is with all the secrecy in this case? What did forensics say was the wet
spot in their apartment? What was on their computer? No forensics from the
family van or rental car? Usually these cases are out in the open to generate
more leads...but how would the public recognize something important if they
don't know what to look for?
I'm glad we have SO many professional investigators commenting on this story
that I'm sure are MORE THAN qualified to comment on WVPD's handling of the
investigation. I know we all think we're informed on all the details of this
case, but I assure you there's far more going on behind the scenes than what
we're able to glean form the DesNews (or any other local media.) The
police obviously can't release every tip, lead or bit of information they find
because it might hinder their investigation if those involved in Susan's
disappearance find out. I know we all want to see this woman's case solved, and
justice served, but I think we all need to take a step back and let the police
do their job.
It does seem that the WVC Police department was grasping for straws. The problem
is these straws cost the taxpayers dollars. I would suspect since they asked the
media to participate in this adventure, that if anything was found, any clues of
any sort, that the media would have reported it. WVC Police needs to be held
accountable.The other point I would make is if you were Josh Powell would
you be cooperating with these guys? He made a fair offer- he said "that he
would meet with FBI agents if they paid his attorney fee's." I would rather
see my tax dollars spent that way.
If the purpose of this investigation was to see if any mine shafts had been
disturbed, it should have been done during December 2009. But it
was exciting to hear that there was a "break in the case" last week.
Let's hope the WVCPD really does know more than they're telling us.
Now Channel 2 is saying that Susan's friends have come forward with claims that
Josh's dad made sexual advances toward Susan.This whole charade is
unravelling pretty quickly for the Powells.
"That said, he thinks more manpower should have been committed to the
search effort. 'I wish they had 300 people down there," Bertram said.
"That's the way to do it.'"I HATE both snakes and intense
heat, both plentiful in Nevada, but I would have been willing to drive out there
to help in a search, if needed.