susan cox powell
Susan Cox Powell* (October 16, 1981 – c. December 6, 2009) is an American missing person from West Valley City, Utah whose disappearance and presumed murder, as well as the subsequent investigation and events, garnered significant media attention. Her husband, Joshua "Josh" Powell, was named a person of interest in the investigation into her disappearance; however, Joshua was never charged; on February 5, 2012, he killed himself and the couple's two young sons, Charles Joshua Powell (b. January 19, 2005) and Braden Timothy Powell (b. January 2, 2007) in a murder–suicide after custody of the boys had been awarded to Susan's parents, Charles and Judy Cox.
On May 21, 2013, West Valley City police closed their active investigation into Susan's disappearance, stating that they believed Joshua murdered her and that his brother Michael had assisted him in concealing her body. Since then, there have been repeated attempts to have Susan legally declared dead.