Disappearance of Susan Powell
Susan Marie Powell was last seen on December 6, 2009. Her husband, Joshua Powell, killed himself and their two young sons on February 5, 2012. Police closed their active investigation into Susan’s disappearance on May 21, 2013, stating that they believed Joshua murdered her and that his brother, Michael, had assisted him in concealing her body.
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Susan Marie Powell was last seen on December 6, 2009. Her husband, Joshua Powell, killed himself and their two young sons on February 5, 2012. Police closed their active investigation into Susan’s disappearance on May 21, 2013, stating that they believed Joshua murdered her and that his brother, Michael, had assisted him in concealing her body. Since then, there have been repeated attempts to have Susan legally declared dead. Joshua Powell was born on January 20, 1976, to Steven and Terrica Powell in Puyallup, Washington. Joshua’s parents had a dysfunctional marriage, caused in large part by Steven’s disaffection with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Susan recorded a video in July 2008 surveying property damage she attributed to Joshua, and wrote a secret will that included the statement, ‘If I die, it may be even if it looks like one accident, even one like this one, even though there is not an accident’ Joshua filed for bankruptcy in 2007, declaring over USD 200,000 in debts. The Powells went on to have two sons: Charles, born in 2005, and Braden, Born in 2007. Joshua and Susan married at the Portland Oregon Temple in April 2001, and had a daughter, Sarah, in 2008. Susan was reported missing on December 7, 2009, by Joshua’s mother and Jennifer Graves, Joshua’s sister-in-law. The family went looking for the family at their home in West Valley City, Utah, shortly after being informed that the children had not been dropped off at daycare.
They called the police when they failed to make contact with Susan and Susan broke into the house, fearing that police had broken into the home and taken the children away. The Powell family moved out-of-state soon after, partly so Susan could distance herself from Steven, who had developed an obsessive infatuation with her. In 2003, Steven confessed his amorous feelings to a stunned Susan, who rejected him; the encounter was inadvertently captured on Steven’s camcorder microphone. For a brief period following their wedding,Joshua and Susan lived at Steven Powell’s home in South Hill, Washington, for a brief time. There was tension with Joshua over his refusal to attend church services with his family, and over his continued contact with Steven despite his ongoing advances towards Susan. As a teenager, Joshua allegedly killed gerbils belonging to one of his sisters and threatened his mother with a butcher knife. He also attempted suicide on at least one occasion. Joshua had a bachelor’s degree in business and worked for a number of different companies over the years, while Susan, a trained cosmetologist, took up a job with Wells Fargo Investments after the family’s relocation to Salt Lake City. In November 2000, Joshua met Susan Cox, a classmate at his LDS Institute of Religion course, during a dinner party at his Tacoma apartment in November 2000. The two began a relationship and eventually married at a Portland Oregon temple.
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