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Do these clues help explain what happened to Utah mom Susan Powell?


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Images of Susan: Steve Powell admittedly publicly that he had an inappropriate, sexually-charged interest in his daughter-in-law. During an Aug. 25, 2011, search at Steve Powell’s Puyallup, Wash., home, police found images of naked women on whom Susan’s face had been pasted. They also found images taken surreptitiously of Susan, including one in which she is fixing her hair while clad only in underwear.

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Editor’s note: The following is part of a collection of information available at The Salt Lake Tribune’s newly created “Where is Susan?” page: www.sltrib.com/findsusan.

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Susan Powell was 28 years old when she disappeared from her home at 6254 W. Sarah Circle, West Valley City, Utah, 84128. She is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 lbs., with long, brown hair and blue eyes. If you have information related to her disappearance, contact West Valley City police at 801-840-4000. If you have information that should be considered for inclusion on the “Where is Susan?” page or a tip that might help answer what happened to her, email it to “findsusantips@sltrib.com.” If verified, information may be added to this page at the discretion of The Salt Lake Tribune.

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Charred wood: During a September 2011 search near Topaz Mountain in Utah’s West Desert, cadaver dogs indicated they’d found human remains. Investigators retrieved fragments of charred wood at the site that were sent to a crime lab for further analysis. West Valley City Police received results of the additional tests on the wood fragments in December 2011, but have not publicly disclosed what they learned.

Blood-stained comforter: After Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons on Feb. 5, 2012, police searched a storage unit he’d rented at Western Self Storage in Sumner, Wash. They found a comforter with a blood stain on it. Investigators have never revealed results from additional tests of the stain, such as whether they’ve been able to determine whose blood it was.

Police also removed a comforter from Josh and Susan Powell’s West Valley City, Utah, home during initial searches there in 2009.

Life insurance policies: According to court documents, Josh and Susan Powell took out insurance policies in the summer of 2007, a little more than two years before Susan disappeared from their West Valley City home. Powell had a five-year term life insurance policy worth $1 million; he also had riders worth $250,000 on each of their sons. Susan had a $500,000 five-year term policy and a $500,000 rider. Susan initially was listed at the sole beneficiary of her husband’s policy. The couple were equal beneficiaries of the policies for their sons, Charlie and Braden. Josh Powell removed Susan as a primary beneficiary on the policies in October 2011 and made his three siblings beneficiaries instead. A legal fight is now underway over those policies.




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