WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC 4 News) – The controversial police files relating to the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell will be reviewed by the city council.
The Cox family attorney appealed to the council Tuesday night for their release but the council plans to look at them first.
“They requested after their meeting last night that they wanted additional documents from the police department so that they can examine what the status of the case is,” said city spokesman Aaron Crum.
Once the council reviews them, he says they will be able to determine if the files would hinder the police investigation.
The Cox family wants their release to help with their civil lawsuit against Washington authorities. But West Valley police and the city twice denied their request.
Crum says the council has five business days to make a decision.
“Friday is not a business day (because the city is shutdown),” he says. “So it will probably be next Tuesday. They want to take their time and be sure.”
He says the Cox family attorney will be notified ahead of time before they make a public statement about the council’s decision.
Meanwhile, Anne Bremner who represents the family is bracing for a denial.
“We’re going to court,” Bremner told reporters following Tuesday’s city council meeting. “Do you really want to the victims going to court against you, especially if it's a tort case against police for not arresting Josh.