*Trigger Warning*: death, murder, child violence
It has been over 10 years that Susan Cox Powell went missing December 6th 2009 . Susan was living in West Valley City, Utah with her husband Joshua Powell and two boys Charles, 4 and Braden, 3. Susan and Joshua being Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were brought together at a church party and began dating soon after in 2000.
By 2007 the couple filed for bankruptcy with over $200,000 in debt. Soon after Susan writes a letter to her family without sending it warning them of Joshua’s threats. In the letter she claims Joshua told her he will destroy her and warns her family if she dies “it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one.”
December 7th 2009, Joshua Powell comes home from a random winter camping trip with his 2 sons to find police at his house after a missing report was filed after Susan failed to report to her cosmetology job. Police begin to grill him, ask him why he took his sons on a random camping trip during below 0 temperatures. Charlies daycare teacher and police interview him and he says his mom came with but didn’t come back. He also says his mom is dead. Josh says his sons imagine is running wild and he says his wife stayed home and was gone when they returned. A search of the Simpson Spring campground on December 10th brings no new evidence.
By December 18 Joshua and his sons move to Puyallup, WA to move in with Joshua’s father Steven Powell. Throughout the year, talk of Joshua’s father Steven Powell making sexual advances towards his daughter-in-law Susan began. By September 22 2011 Steven Powell is arrested for child pornography and voyeurism. Susan’s parents are granted temporary custody of the 2 boys weeks later. After a court appointed search of Joshua’s computer reveals it contains images of incest, beastality, and simulated child pornography, the boys are permanently placed with Susan’s parents.
Sunday February 5th 2012, a social worker arrives at Joshua’s trailer for his court appointed visit with his sons. While his sons run through the door he slams it in the social workers face, locking her out. She then makes an extremely frustrating 911 call claiming she can smell fire and smoke is coming from the house with the operator not understanding the severity.
An explosion goes off crating a huge fire killing all 3. The 2 boys were found with chopping injuries to the head and neck from a failed murder attempt using a hatchet. Joshua then decided to set the explosion off to complete the job.
Many believe Joshua’s brother Michael and their father Steven may know what happened to Susan or be involved in her disappearance. The 3 had an uncomfortably close bond many found bizarre. Unfortunately neither were able to share information because in February 2013 Michael Powell jumped off a parking garage in downtown Minneapolis dying instantly. After serving 6 years in prison Steven Powell is released July 2017 and 1 year later dies from heart complications. Their deaths bring many secrets to the grave.