Remains of Missing Mom Susan Powell Found in Utah?


Police searching for missing Utah mom Susan Powell say they have found human remains in a remote mountain area, but cannot say if they belong to her.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that several cadaver dogs confirmed the remains Wednesday afternoon, according to West Valley City police Lt. Bill Merritt. The officer said it's not known how old the remains are, or how intact they are.

Police only excavated for two hours before calling it a day. A full team from the Utah Medical Examiner's office will arrive Thursday and then the investigation can begin in earnest.

"There’s no hurry," Merritt said. "This is something we do not want to rush."

The remains were found on Topaz Mountain, which is a popular area for gem and rock hunters. Police have said that Susan's husband Josh liked to rock hunt. The site is also about 30 miles from where he said he took his two sons camping the night his wife vanished from their home in December 2009.

Josh Powell has been named as a "person of interest" in his wife's disappearance. 


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