Susan Powell’s dad is hiring a private investigator to review the case file on her disappearance after the official investigation turned up little.
Police say they’ve given finding missing Utah mother Susan Powell their best go, but her dad isn’t about to give up on his daughter that easily. With the case file released, he is hoping to bring it to a private investigator with the hope that one might spot something the police missed.
Chuck Cox told reporters Tuesday that a private eye has offered to review the tens of thousands of pages of detective reports, maps, interviews and more that make up the massive case file.
“That’s one of the reasons we wanted it: to find out what (the police) really had, because that would point us in a different direction and give us a place to search for my daughter,” Cox said.
Susan Powell disappeared in late 2009, and husband Josh Powell was a prime suspect in the case. He killed himself last year, along with the couple’s two young sons, in a house fire in Washington state.
Investigators then turned their attention to Michael, Josh Powell’s brother. They now believe that Michael helped Josh dispose of Susan’s body.
Michael committed suicide himself by jumping off a Minneapolis parking garage three months ago. With no direct suspects left, authorities announced this week that they had decided to close the active investigation.
Despite bizarre alibis and other circumstantial evidence pointing to Josh and Michael Powell, authorities said they never had enough hard evidence to prove their involvement, even while they were alive.
But a fresh look from a private eye might be able to connect just enough of the dots for Susan Powell’s family to at least have some closure.
“In some ways, circumstantial evidence is the best evidence,” said Cox’s attorney, Anne Bremner. “With direct evidence, you can have a witness lie. With forensic evidence, you can have problems with collection. But circumstantial evidence never lies and you can’t change it.
“They could have arrested him, and they should have, based on that evidence,” she concluded.
What do you think? Will a private investigator be able to solve the Susan Powell case?