Susan Powell Tip Renews Search for Her Body After 2009 Disappearance

Image: Susan Powell Tip Renews Search for Her Body After 2009 Disappearance A truck blocks a driveway at a home near Scotts Mills, Ore., on Thursday, May 16, 2013, where police spent two days searching the large rural property for information about missing Utah mom Susan Powell.

Friday, 17 May 2013 12:19 PM

By Megan Anderle

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Police are hunting again for the body of Susan Powell, the Utah mother who disappeared from her home in West Valley, Utah, in December 2009, after a tip came in.

Cadaver dogs and cops searched an Oregon farm for a third day today on the tip, but so far the search has failed to turn up any signs of the woman. Her disappearance four years ago triggered a massive investigation that focused on her husband Josh Powell, and ended when Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons in a fiery explosion.

Susan Powell's father, Chuck Cox, received a call saying that Josh Powell's aunt and uncle had lived on a 180-acre farm in a remote area of Oregon. Because they were sympathetic to Josh Powell, the tipster told Cox, they may have hidden Susan's body there, according to ABC News.

Investigators were able to develop additional information to justify a search.

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Officials started searching the area with cadaver dogs on Tuesday for seven hours, and then on Wednesday for 8-10 hours. No human remains were found. Police are continuing the search Friday and are interviewing neighbors in the area.

"There have been no results of the search as of this point," Powell told ABC News today. "We'll still be here regardless of where we're at with the investigation today."

Susan Powell, 28, was last seen in December 2009 at the Utah home she shared with her husband and their two young sons. The night Susan disappeared, Josh Powell told authorities that he had decided take an impromptu midnight camping trip with the boys, while a winter storm struck the area. Powell claimed he returned home to find his wife gone and that she had left on her own accord.

Josh Powell was named a "person of interest" in the investigation, but he was never charged. In January 2010, he moved with his sons to Puyallup, Wash. into the home owned by his father, Steven Powell.

In September 2011, Steven Powell was charged with 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of child pornography and held on $200,000 bail after using a telephoto lens to take photos of two young girls in the bathroom of a neighbor's house, according to ABC News.

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Because of the presence of child porn in the house, the state removed Powell's two young sons from the home and from his custody, since he was named a "subject" in the child porn investigation.

Then, during a supervised visit with his boys on Feb. 5, 2012, Josh Powell locked a Child Protective Services worker out of his house, attacked the boys with a hatchet and set off an explosion that killed himself and his two sons.


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