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12th anniversary of Susan Powell disappearance

FILE: A photo of Susan Powell surrounded by her sons.

Monday, Dec. 6, 2021 marks twelve years since the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell.

Loved ones share memories of Susan on a shared Facebook page called, “Friends and Family of Susan Powell,” and often commemorate the day by sharing photos and experiences, or donating to the “Susan Cox Powell Foundation.”

Susan Powell, 28, went missing on Dec. 6 in 2009 and is considered to be a victim of domestic violence.

She was last seen publicly attending church in West Valley and was reported missing the following day. A massive, nation-wide search for Susan lasted many years but was unsuccessful. Her body has never been found and she was declared legally dead in 2019.

Susan was a mother of two boys: Charlie (7) and Braden (5) who were killed by their father, Josh Powell, when he lit a home on fire with himself and the children inside on Feb. 5, 2012.

Susan’s family often does an annual tribute for all lost children, like Susan and her sons, in Puyallup, Washington, where a memorial in her honor was built.

Susan’s story has reached many people through the podcast COLD by KSL TV podcaster, Dave Cawley bringing national attention to domestic violence.


If you know someone who is going through abuse, there are ways you can help:

  • Utah Domestic Violence Coalition operates a confidential statewide, 24-hour domestic abuse hotline at 1-800-897-LINK (5465).
  • Resources are also available online at the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition website.
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