SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Authorities discovered human remains Wednesday while searching Utah’s rugged desert for clues in the disappearance of a mother whose husband liked to camp in the area.The remains were not immediately identified, and it wasn’t clear if the body was that of Susan Cox Powell. Authorities were unclear if the remains belonged to a male or female.”It’s a game of patience at this point,” West Valley City Sgt. Mike Powell said. “We need to slow down a little bit and identify what it is we found.”Powell was 28 when she was reported missing Dec. 7, 2009, after she failed to show up for her stockbroker job. She had been seen by friends at church and at dinner the previous day.Her husband, Josh Powell, told police he left his wife at home about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 to go winter camping in freezing temperatures with their young sons – then ages 4 and 2 – on the Pony Express Trail, about 80 miles west of Salt Lake City. The 4-year-old confirmed the trip to police.Josh Powell is the only person of interest in the case, although he’s never been arrested or charged.Authorities have been searching since Monday in the area near Topaz Mountain in Juab County. The site is about 135 miles southwest of the location where Susan Powell was last seen in West Valley City.Last month, investigators searched mine shaft-dotted mountains near Ely, Nev. In addition, West Valley City police served a search warrant on the Puyallup, Wash., home Josh Powell shares with his father, seizing computers and journals thought to have belonged to Susan Powell.This latest search is in an area popular for gem and rock hunters. Police have said Powell’s husband liked to rock hunt in the area.
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