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‘If I die, take care of my boys’: Chilling journal of missing mother Susan Powell shows deterioration of her marriage – and warns that her death ‘may not be an accident’

  • Journal entries shows Susan Powell’s growing distrust with her husband Josh, as well as her attempts to repair their marriage
  • Entries reveal that she lamented over the loss of the loving husband she used to know
  • The couple tried to have a third baby just months before she disappeared
  • Josh Powell killed himself and her two sons in a horrific murder-suicide last year
  • Susan Powell disappeared in 2009, and her body has never been found

A newly-revealed journal has shown the despair and turmoil of Susan Powell, who felt like a prisoner in her marriage and warned that she didn’t trust her husband in the months before she vanished.

She had been married about a year when she started writing a journal. She was a love-struck, 20-year-old newlywed, dreaming of the future she would build with her husband.

‘I just feel incredibly lucky to have Josh,’ she wrote in 2002. Before long, however, she found herself torn.


Photo of Susan Powell, mother of two, who went missing on December 6, 2009 in West Valley City, Utah


Powell Family; Susan Powell far right – Susan’s husband Josh Powell behind, and their two children Josh and Michael Powell


Susan Powell’s handwritten journal showed various entries, including the snippits above and below, in which she feared the worst over tensions with her husband



Mistrust: Susan wrote that her husband Josh could not be trusted in a last will and testament written about a year and a half before she disappeared

susanHopeful: Susan also says at the end that maybe there will be a happy ending for everyone after she hinted that there was difficulty in her marriage

Horrific: Josh Powell moved to a home in Puyallup, Washington, where he ultimately attacked his boys with a hatchet after saying he 'had a big surprise' for them. He then set his home on fire, causing an explosion that killed them allHorrific: Josh Powell moved to a home in Puyallup, Washington, where he ultimately attacked his boys with a hatchet after saying he ‘had a big surprise’ for them. He then set his home on fire, causing an explosion that killed them all

Click here for full article and home video of Susan Powell prior to her disappearance – MailOnline

Bodies of three Wyoming residents found in plane wreckage Yesterday Morning in Utah

The bodies of Matthew Ahrens, 37, Trista Meyer, 34, and her daughter Shyann Lenz, 9, have been found deceased one week after they vanished flying from California to their home State of Wyoming after visiting Ahrens family in California for the Holidays.


Left; Ahrens Middle; Shyann Right; Trista

Searches were conducted on November 25, 2012 when the missing family suddenly vanished while flying home after celebrating Thanksgiving with Ahrens family in his hometown in Bakersfield, CA.

Ahrens was the pilot and was flying the plane when it crashed in Utah on their way to Gillette, Wyoming. The three stopped off in Fillmore, Utah to refuel and Meyer texted her sister to tell her she would be home in a few hours, that was the last communication before the crash.

 Family don’t no what went wrong and described Ahrens as an ”experienced pilot.”

After a week of searches by authorities in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming, a Utah Department of Public Safety helicopter spotted the wreckage in mountainous terrain Sevier County at 8.15am Yesterday, November 2, 2012.

The bodies of their two dogs were also discovered.

‘They were just about clear at the top of the mountain. I don’t know if they got disoriented or couldn’t get enough altitude. I don’t know what it is.’ said Sevier County Sheriff, Nathan Curtis.

The bodies have been taken to the state medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

Shyann Lenz’s biological father, Mark Lenz is devastated with his daughters death.

‘They’re in God’s care now,’ Lenz said. ‘We don’t have to worry about them being cold and we don’t have to worry about them being out there anymore. They’re on their way home.’

Mark Lenz’s Facebook page shows him and his daughter Shyann on the default. He also left a comment saying:

One thing I noticed today, in between crying bouts, is that the world seems more cold and more empty than ever before. I have lost my way and I am struggling to find it again, my children make it easier I guess, but the hurt is still overpowering, I try to look at pictures, which makes me cry harder, I try to pray it makes me cry harder, I try to remember shy and tris being silly and I smile but then cry really hard. Ugh I am unsure how to proceed, usually I have some idea, but not today. Shyann I love you my little angel, daddy is not giving up, he has just lost his way. I cannot wait to see you again, and until then just sit up there with Pop and keep watching your dad make a fool of himself, you always said I was good at that. I love you lil lady, and I will see you soon. Love Daddy

A Facebook group Prayers for Trista, Shy and Matt was created which has turned into a memorial with over 11,000 ‘likes’

A Survivor’s Story – The Smart Family

Ed Smart
Elizabeth Smart

Pictured above, Ed Smart and photo of Elizabeth Smart at the age of fourteen, she turned 25 on November 3, 1987

Police photo of Brian Mitchell Davis. 59, will spend the rest of his life in a United States Penitentiary, a high security federal prison in Tuscon, Arizona.

Police photo of Wanda Eileen Barzee, the wife of Brian David Mitchell and his accomplice. She was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and five years probation upon release, she will be approx 72 years old at that point. Barzee will also have to register as a sex offender.


Before dawn on June 5, 2002, Elizabeth Smart, then 14, was kidnapped from her bedroom. Her captors, Mitchell and Barzee, forced her to wear a burqa to hide her identity but nine months after her June abduction, an alert citizen identified Elizabeth threw her eyes, the only part of her body that wasn’t covered. She was found alive on March 12, 2003, nine months after her abduction just a few miles from her home, Her abduction and recovery were widely reported in North American media and internationally.
Elizabeth’s ordeal and recovery were widely reported and the subject of a Lifetime made-for-TV movie and non-fiction book. Ten years later, she is still an inspiration to many victims of abduction. She had gone to Congress to support sexual predator legislation and the AMBER Alert system, and on July 26, 2006, she spoke after the signing of the Adam Walsh Act. In May 2008, she traveled to Washington D.C. where she helped present a book, “You’re Not Alone,” published by the U.S. Department of Justice, which has entries written by her as well as four other recovered young adults. In 2009, Smart commented on the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugardstressing that dwelling upon the past is unproductive. On October 27, 2009 Elizabeth spoke at the 2009 Women’s Conference in California hosted by Maria Shriver, on overcoming obstacles in life. 

On July 7, 2011 it was announced that she would be a commentator for ABC News, mainly focusing on missing persons.

Ed Smart has become a nationally renowned spokesperson for child protection, advocating for legislation and non-profit organizations that focus on the prevention and recovery of missing children. Ed works with and serves on the board of several non-profit agencies including, the National Child ID program, sponsored by the AFCA (American Football Coaches Association), radKids; and the I Keep Safe program from the Governors’ Spouses Coalition for Internet Safety. Ed is also a member of the State of Utah’s Amber Alert committee and a frequent guest speaker for Law Enforcement and other agencies involved in protecting children from predators. 

Click WIKI: Elizabeth Smart for additional information on this case.
Check out: The Elizabeth Smart Foundation
National Child Identification Program
IKeepSafe Internet Safety Coalition

Missing since 2011 – Joseph Bushling – US Soldier – Utah

Missing – Joseph Bushling Case TOOELE, Utah – More efforts to find a Dugway soldier missing for nearly a year are underway. Army specialist Joseph Bushling (26) was last seen leaving the base the night of May 8, 2011. After days of searching, Tooele County Sheriff’s deputies found the car he was driving abandoned and not too far from there was his hat. A renewed search effort is underway in Utah’s West Desert near Pony Express Trail in Tooele. Fifty horseback riders, 13 search dogs, 20 searchers or so on foot all looked for the missing soldier on March 25th 2012. The search for the 26-year-old continued til the following Sunday with no new results.

On the day Joseph disappeared, he left English Village, the housing area designated for military and civilian personnel at Dugway Proving Grounds (the United States Army’s “giant testing facility” located in Utah) to go for a drive. At about 7:00pm he called a friend saying he’d run out of gas and hasn’t been seen or heard from since. 


Facebook page dedicated to Joseph Bushling’s Disappearence. –!/JosephBushlingMissingU.S.SoldiersinceMay.8.2011