A group of Cache Valley residents are taking it upon themselves to assist in the search of Susan Cox Powell, the West Valley mother who disappeared on December 6, 2009.The group will be focusing their search in Utah’s west desert on April 10 just south of Tooele and west of Vernon. The command post will be at the Simpson Springs Campground. From there search parties will be sent out in different areas and cover as much ground as possible, depending on how many volunteers participate, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.There are several roads in the area but most of the search will be done on foot over some hill country and flatlands. “We think we’ll have enough volunteers to search quite extensively in that entire area,” says Shawn Sorensen, a member of the group organizing the search. Organizers have experienced searchers who are participating. Searchers will use GPS units to track and record the areas searched and see what areas may need to be covered at a later date.”We want as many volunteers as possible,” Sorensen says. “We do want some volunteers that are prepared.”There are some things that should be considered for anyone interested in participating in the search for Susan Powell. Participants should be in good health, good physical condition, have a GPS (and how to use it is strongly encouraged), short-wave radio (there is no cell service in that area), and prepared for whatever weather there is that day. Those between 16 and 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult and everyone who participates in the search will need to sign a waiver form.”There are people still having candle-light vigils,” Sorensen says. “The need is still there, and in asking for help and in asking for people to keep it fresh on people’s minds. We think of Elizabeth Smart and how the searchers were very close to her. “When you think about all of that then, just for the sake of closure, at least we would have searched very thoroughly one particular area. We will bring everyone together who has the same passion for Susan and for her children and for her family.”Susan’s husband, Josh Powell, has said he took his children camping near Simpson Springs and the Pony Express Trail in Tooele County beginning around 12:30 a.m. the morning of Dec. 7.For those who would like more information about the search on April 10, or about other efforts to locate Susan Powell, they are encouraged to visit the
<a href=”http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=susan+powell&init=quick#!/group.php?gid=198478842187&ref=ts”>Friends and Family of Susan Powell Facebook page</a>
dedicated to locating her.