Susan Powell’s father says bones found in desert search aren’t his
WEST DESERT, Utah – The bones found in a new search earlier this month in a Utah desert do not belong to Susan Powell, her father Chuck Cox said Thursday.
Cox joined a team that traveled to Utah’s Western Desert to search an abandoned mine after receiving a tip that Powell may have been there.
When did Susan Powell disappear?
Powell disappeared in December 2009 and her case was never resolved.
During the search, bones and clothing were found, which were given to Cox for analysis.
In a statement on the Susan Cox Powell Foundation website, Cox said the items were tested by a private forensic laboratory in Salt Lake City and the bones did not belong to her daughter.
“The bones turned out to be non-human,” he said.
Pants were also found during the search and were tested, but they contained male DNA. Cox said they were trying to find the man’s identity.
“There was a sock and a piece of blouse fabric that were not tested, but we asked for them to be tested. The next step would be to go back to the mine and filter the material removed from the mine to determine if there are smaller bone fragments or evidence, using dead dogs. Also to check for other openings near the mine,” he said.
“I’m so grateful for all the hard work from Dave ‘Heavy D’ Sparks and the Diesel Brothers team, and everyone who steps in and offers help,” Cox said.
Powell’s sons Charlie Powell, 7, and Braden Powell, 5, were killed in 2012 by their father, Josh Powell. Josh was also the prime suspect in their mother’s disappearance.
While police investigated the disappearance of Susan Powell, Josh Powell and the two boys moved to Pierce County. The state then took the children away from their father and placed them in the temporary care of Susan’s parents.
In 2012, the boys were brought to his home for a supervised visitation, but Powell locked a Washington state social worker outside. He then attacked his children with a hatchet before all three died in an explosive fire.
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