Search for body of Susan Powell renewed in Utah desert

SALT LAKE CITY — There are new searches in Utah’s West Desert for missing woman Susan Powell.

A team of experts, who are acting on a tip, are sifting through a deep mine looking for clues, KUTV reported.

Some bones were found, but it is not yet known if they are human or animal.

Powell grew up in Puyallup and vanished in Utah in December 2009, where she was living with her husband and two boys.

Many believe she was killed by her husband, Josh Powell, but he was never charged with the crime before his death.

Powell’s disappearance has never been solved.

“It’s always been in the back of my mind. I knew something wasn’t right,” said Dave Sparks, who is leading the search effort. “We clear this mine forever, the suspicious mine that has this weird story, (then) we figured it out. Or B, we find her down there and bring a lot of closure to the family.”

Last Saturday marked 10 years to the day since Josh Powell murdered the couple’s sons, Charlie and Braden, before taking his own life by blowing up a house he was renting in Graham.

The fire and explosion happened during what was supposed to be a supervised visit with his sons.

“It is my belief, based on Josh’s murder of his boys, that he would be very capable of dismembering Susan and dispersing parts in several locations,” Chuck Cox said in a statement.

Cox lives in Puyallup.