New book examines the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell
PUYALLUP, Wash. -- The disappearance of Susan Cox Powell is one of the Northwest's most disturbing mysteries.
Friday night, her family and two authors unveiled a new book about her disappearance and the tragic saga that followed. Rebecca Morris is a true crime author and looks at the tale of Powell as a story without end for Washington.
"This was an injury to the community. This was a deep wound. A big scar," Morris said.
She and Gregg Olsen partnered up three years ago to start unraveling what happened to Susan, her children and her husband, Josh Powell.
They recently released a book about what happened, "If I Can't Have You."
Susan disappeared in West Valley City, Utah in 2009, and immediately questions about Josh surfaced and how he acted afterward.
"It still feels just as sad and just as real as it has almost five years ago now," Olsen said.
Susan's parents Chuck and Judy Cox spoke briefly at Friday night's panel, recounting those initial gut feelings about Josh.
"When we heard what he said and his responses were really weird, we knew there was a problem," said Judy Cox.
"I wanted the police to be the first ones to hear the answers because I couldn't do anything about it," Chuck Cox said.
Eventually the search languished and Josh lived with the boys, Braden and Charlie, here in Washington state until early February, 2012.
Josh Powell set his home on fire on Super Bowl Sunday, killing himself and his own children. A story that was already dark and twisted hit a new low but it hasn't changed the resolve to keep the search going.
"This family's still looking for Susan and we don't think the story's over," Morris said.