It may be that the mystery of what happened to Susan Powell will never be unraveled, leaving only an endless number of possibilities about why and how and who was involved when the young mother vanished from her West Valley City home more than two years ago.
Such mysteries happen, sad to say, with alarming frequency in Utah and elsewhere. Boys, girls, men and women disappear without a trace, triggering widespread public searches that sometimes uncover unthinkable acts and heart-rending tragedies and other times never fill the gap in the story, never turn up answers.
And so The Salt Lake Tribune believes it is worthwhile for both us and our readers to go back to the beginning to re-examine those first days when Susan's disappearance became public. It is worth engaging in an ongoing, interactive discussion with readers to rethink what we've learned since then. We understand that police have far more evidence in their closely guarded case, but as yet no answer.