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Police end search for Susan; Documents released show possible affair for Josh Powell

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - West Valley police are giving up the search for Susan Cox Powell. Investigators have spent three and a half years searching for Susan, with nothing to show for it. They've exhausted every tip, every lead and now they're calling it quits.
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - West Valley police are giving up the search for Susan Cox Powell. Investigators have spent three and a half years searching for Susan, with nothing to show for it. They've exhausted every tip, every lead and now they're calling it quits.

"After three long years of investigating, we are announcing the end of the active phase of the search for Susan," said West Valley City Manager Wayne Pyle.

West Valley Police said they've done all they can do to find missing West Valley mom Susan Cox Powell.

"We're leaving no stone unturned," said Mike Powell, West Valley City Deputy Chief.

Not only are they stopping the search, they're turning over every document they've got.

"We are going to release all the investigation materials that West Valley owns that are associated with the case," said Pyle.

Altogether it's 20 gigabytes of material, totaling more than 30,000 documents. Monday ABC 4 Utah Reporter Brian Carlson began reading as many as he could. He found a letter in notebook Susan wrote to Josh. In it she describes the struggles of their marriage.

Quote:

"I'm not threatening a divorce, but what you ask of me is too great to bear," said Susan in the letter.

"You don't want me to participate in anything related to the church, the gospel or that thing I believe will truly make me happy," she said.

Susan describes how Josh had given up on living the lifestyle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She said it was heartbreaking for her, because that's what attracted her to him.

"I have to ask myself now, was this an act? Were you just pretending?" Susan said.

Those marriage problems become more apparent in a document from a 911 call shortly after Susan disappeared. In the call, a woman claims that "she is having a sexual relationship with the husband in the Powell case."

And that woman, quote:

"Thinks that he hurt his wife because of the way he was acting today on the phone."

The woman explained, "stating she has been seeing Josh Powell for the last three years." And, "Josh told her that his wife died of cancer."

But as revealing as this documents are, many more look like a blank black page, where all the information is completely blacked out. And whatever information is hidden inside the remaining pages, police said it was never enough to charge Josh with a crime in Susan's disappearance.

"It never materialized to the point where we felt like we had sufficient evidence to bring a criminal charge of murder against Josh Powell," said Deputy Chief Phil Quinlan, West Valley City Police.

West Valley police said they do believe Josh was involved in Susan's disappearance. They don't believe Steven Powell played an active role. Police performed wire taps on both of them, and it never gave them any hard evidence. Police said they will leave the case open, and investigate any new leads that come up, but for now with Susan's body never being found, the active investigation is over.

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