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Case for missing Utah mother, Susan Powell, still 'very active'

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  • agit8r Layton, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    Mission accomplished?

  • Eliot Santaquin, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 2:15 p.m.

    "Mission accomplished?"

    Yes, if the mission was to remind people that the case is still open and under investigation.

  • Jack-P West Valley, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    It was a PUBLICITY STUNT that really hurt some of Susan's friends and family members. Was that the intended "mission"?

  • photographermom South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 5:16 p.m.

    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 dissapointing.

  • bookonwomen Beverly Hills, CA
    Aug. 20, 2011 5:32 p.m.

    Really? Really???

  • Monsieur le prof Sandy, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 5:37 p.m.

    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.

  • MapleDon Springville, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    "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.

  • md Cache, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    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.

  • Taylor Orem, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 8:23 p.m.

    "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?

  • Ralph West Jordan Taylorsville, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 8:28 p.m.

    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.

  • SundanceKid27 OREM, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 8:45 p.m.

    West Valley Police,

    Please don't waste your time making news conferences or making statements until you have something news worthy to tell the public.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 20, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    Friday will forever be known as the day the West Valley police cried wolf...

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 9:17 p.m.

    A flurry of PR activity does not an investigation make.
    Very unprofessional.

  • David Centerville, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 10:47 p.m.

    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.

  • valhas5 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 11:34 p.m.

    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 opinion!

  • srw Riverton, UT
    Aug. 20, 2011 11:56 p.m.

    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.

  • PAC Phoenix, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2011 12:01 a.m.

    Waste of time on the tax payers of Utah....No Words.....?????

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 12:20 a.m.

    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...

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 3:59 a.m.

    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 disappear?

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    To all of you nay-sayers who think you know everything; you don't

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 8:12 a.m.

    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!

  • Mormoncowboy Provo, Ut
    Aug. 21, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    ""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!

  • Honor Code Denver, Colorado
    Aug. 21, 2011 12:04 p.m.

    Is Barack running this show???

  • desert dweller SAINT GEORGE, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    publicity stunt is exactly what this was and you all paid for it.

  • Don't Feed the Trolls Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 3:26 p.m.

    My2Cents | 3:59 a.m. Aug. 21, 2011
    Kearns, UT
    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.
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    Nice to see the Powell family reads the Deseret News.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:13 p.m.

    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.

  • RivertonCoug Herriman, UT
    Aug. 21, 2011 5:27 p.m.

    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.

  • Sandra N GLENDALE, AZ
    Aug. 21, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    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.

  • unaffiliated_person Saratoga Springs, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 10:34 a.m.

    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?

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 11:01 a.m.

    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.

  • full disclosure Providence, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 12:49 p.m.

    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.

  • The Balloonatic Kearns, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 22, 2011 3:06 p.m.

    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.

  • katiefrankie Provo, UT
    Aug. 22, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    "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.