The disappearance of Susan Powell is one of the biggest cold cases in the state of Utah.

Powell vanished from her West Valley City home in December of 2009.

Since, no one has been able to find her.

On Saturday, there was a renewed search to locate her remains.

“She’s a victim of domestic violence as well as I was,” said Debrah Hansen.

Hansen was one of hundreds of volunteers who came from afar to participate in the search party.

It was held at the campgrounds of Simpson Springs.   

It’s an area organizers say Powell’s husband Josh, the main suspect in the case was familiar with.

“If he did bury her in a shallow grave due to weathering the bones would be revealed,” said Jason Jensen.

Jensen, a private investigator, is also the co-founder of the Utah Cold Case Coalition.

“This location was selected because of the odd activities that Josh Powell was observed doing, and he admitted doing during the date of Susan Powell’s disappearance,” said Jensen.

That odd activity would continue years later ending with Josh setting off an explosion at his Washington state home that would kill him and the couple’s two young sons in 2011.

Washington is where Josh is from and returned to following Susan’s disappearance.

On Saturday, the memory of Susan and her sons were close at heart.

“Being that this hits so close to home, growing up hearing the story, I wanted to help out,” said Katarina Ramos, a volunteer.”It’s just been horrific. Just sad. Those boys especially, her from the start. Just sad. The whole story is sad.” 

Volunteers say it was comforting to see so much support for Susan and her boys, and they’d want the same if it was their family.


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