Missing Woman’s Parents Fight to Keep Insurance Funds From Husband’s Relatives


The parents of a missing woman are beginning the legal fight to collect their daughter’s insurance money. Susan Powell, a Utah mother, disappeared roughly five years ago. Under Utah law, she will be presumed dead in December.

The proclamation of death will call into question which party is entitled to the $2 million in life insurance. Powell had originally set up a trust with her husband Josh before her disappearance.

The question remains as to who will receive the money, as all of the primary beneficiaries are now dead. Josh Powell killed himself and the couple’s two boys in 2012. At the time, he was being investigated as a suspect over his wife’s disappearance.

Susan Powell’s parent’s Charles and Judy Cox appeared in a Salt Lake City courtroom to defend their decision to cut out Josh Powell’s mother and sister from the trust. The missing mother’s parents are looking to become the sole beneficiaries.

Cox commented on the case saying, “All I have done is try to protect my daughter’s assets so when my daughter comes back and she’s found, there will be something for her to come back to.”

The attorney for Josh Powell’s mother and sister made the case that Charles Cox doesn’t have the power to modify terms of the trust and that all heirs from both families should be entitled to the money.

Utah police closed the disappearance case last year under the belief that Josh Powell played a role in killing his wife.

Details courtesy of ABC News, photo courtesy of Seattle Times