Police stop "active" search for Susan Cox Powell; release case documents

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – City and police officials announced Monday they will no longer actively search for missing Utah mother, Susan Cox Powell, although the case will remain open.

The West Valley City Police Department released tens of thousands of documents to the public related to Susan’s disappearance case.

The media and Anne Bremner, attorney for the Cox family, had frequently requested the documents since Susan first went missing in December 2009. Bremner said Susan’s parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, had received a copy of the files electronically, but had not yet reviewed the documents.

The documents detail every aspect of the investigation, including interviews and searches that spanned across several states in deserts, mountains, mine shafts, canyons and valleys. Investigators said they talked with over 800 people to get information on the case.

Susan’s husband, Josh Powell, was named a person of interest in the case in the early stages of the investigation. Detectives believe Josh was involved in Susan’s disappearance, but said there was never enough evidence against him for a successful prosecution.

Josh killed himself and his sons, Charlie and Braden, when he blew up their Washington state home in February 2012.

Susan’s family and friends said they will not stop searching for Susan. They hope to one day to find her. Chuck Cox said he plans to organize private searches in the near future with the help of volunteers.

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