Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Search for Susan Cox' Body

Cadaver Dogs Searching for Susan Powell's Body

Tuesday September 13, 2011 02:30 PM EDT
Cadaver Dogs Searching for Susan Powell's Body
Susan Powell
Hardman Photography/AP
Nearly two years after Susan Powell disappeared, investigators have launched a large-scale search of the Utah desert for her body. 

Detectives, with the help of six cadaver dogs, are scouring an area around the town of Delta, 130 miles southwest of Powell's home in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City. 

"We're very hopeful that we'll come up with something but we just don't know at this point whether we will or not," West Valley City police Lt. Bill Merritt tells Fox 13 News. 

Searchers on all-terrain vehicles are working a grid-pattern on the ground, with plans to add the assistance of a spotter plane. 

The search is the latest sign that the investigation is at its most active stage since Powell, a married mom with two sons, disappeared in December 2009. She was 28 years old at the time. 

Last month, police searched the home of her husband, Joshua Powell, who after speaking with investigators early on has stopped cooperating with police. Investigators also searched abandoned mines in the Nevada desert. 

Josh, who says he last saw his wife when he took their then 2- and 4-year-old sons for an overnight camping trip, has suggested she may have run off with another man.

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