JD-0002 Susan Cox (Powell)

Susan Marie Powell (née Cox; October 16, 1981) is an American missing person from West Valley City, Utah, whose disappearance and presumed murder, as well as the subsequent investigation and events, garnered national media attention. Susan’s husband Joshua was named a person of interest in the investigation into her disappearance, but was never charged. On February 5, 2012, Joshua killed himself and their two young sons, Charles Joshua Powell (January 19, 2005 – February 5, 2012) and Braden Timothy Powell (January 2, 2007 – February 5, 2012) in a murder–suicide after custody of the boys had been awarded to Susan’s parents, Judy and Charles Cox.

On May 21, 2013, West Valley City police closed their active investigation into Susan’s disappearance, stating that they believed Joshua murdered her and that his brother, Michael – who also committed suicide in February 2013 after suspicion grew around him – had assisted him in concealing her body. Since then, there have been repeated attempts to have Susan legally declared dead.


Current status

Our Part 2 search, which we expect to be the conclusion with finding Susan’s body, is waiting on acquiring needed equipment such as at a minimum, a professional underwater metal detector. Dive equipment to work under the shallow water for long periods of time would be desirable. Sifters are a must. Cadaver dogs to sniff each shovel full would likely be useful. As volunteers we need either money or folks with said equipment to help finish bringing Susan Home to be buried next to her kids.

Susan Cox (Powell)

Susan first appeared to Scott Degenhardt May 26, 2013 and gave some essential clues to locate her final water grave resting place. In 2015 Scott did an initial search of a suspected area that matched these clues. He had to halt his search because heavy construction had some of the search area closed to no trespassing.

On April 10, 2022 Susan officially became JD-002 and was presented to the team. Prior to introducing her to the team, we had asked Smiles to locate Susan and teach her how to talk to us. We actually captured Smiles and other Team AL members teaching Susan. These EVPs can be heard here.

The EVP Diaries: EP 0003 Jul 03 2022 Susan Cox Powell Part 1

HeavyDSparks: Our Search For Susan Powell: We Received a New Lead and Location To Search

The EVP Diaries: EP 0004 Coast 2 Coast EVP Edition  


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