Michael Powell was a student at the University of Minnesota, and was probably the main "troll" advocating for Josh on internet sites. He probably was the only one that maintained the youtube channels including the one impersonating the missing / dead Susan Powell. He committed suicide in Feb 2013 by jumping off a parking ramp in Minneapolis, probably because the police were asking questions about his involvement which makes yet another death after the suicide and murder of Josh and his two sons. Michael wrote an e-mail to People defending his brother, saying he drove 1,000 miles to help. Susan Graves long believed that Michael must have known what happened to Susan, and believes Michael might have been an accomplice. Michael had his Taurus towed far away, and bought sattelite pictures to make sure the car had been destroyed, but cadaver dogs only found indications of a body on his car, which indicates it may have been used to transport the body. After the search in a area outside of Salem Oregon, West Valley police say if no new leads turn up, it may turn into a cold case without a final conclusion.
Police say they have found no trace of missing Utah mother Susan Powell at ...searching a rural Oregon property for her remains, Powell's father said. ... In February 2012, Josh Powell locked a social worker out of his ... is handling the Powell investigation, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
2 days ago – The search for the body of the Utah mom who went missing in December 2009 still continues.
A West Valley City police spokesman, Sgt. Mike Powell (no relation), would neither confirm nor deny that police now believe Michael Powell buried Susan's body. But he confirms that police may soon reveal more about Susan's disappearance.
...Josh and Michael Powell’s sister, Jennifer Graves, who has publicly shared her suspicions about Josh since early in the case, tells PEOPLE that she always suspected that Michael was at least aware that Josh killed Susan. also suspects he was an accomplice to the murder.
..The West Valley City police department was recently forced to return federal drug-enforcement grant money that it improperly spent on the Powell case – money that may have been used to investigate whether Josh poisoned Susan's pancakes, according to media reports.
..Michael, a Democratic National Convention delegate for President Obama who ran unsuccessfully for a state representative seat in Washington state.
In an email to PEOPLE a month after Susan's disappearance, Michael, a doctoral candidate in cognitive science at the University of Minnesota, ardently defended his "grief-stricken" brother, complained about the "level of integrity" by the media, and suggested police look outside his family for suspects, particularly at a neighbor of Josh and Susan's in West Valley City, Utah. .."As someone who is close to Josh, I know he is hurting because he misses his wife, and my hope for him is that people are understanding of that," Michael Powell told PEOPLE on Jan. 16, 2010. .. he drove 1,000 miles to help Josh after Susan's disappearance because "I am happy to help a family member in need."
Two years after Susan's death, Josh Powell adjusted a $1.5 million insurance policy on his sons to name Michael Powell as a 93 percent beneficiary...
"Michael had his Ford Taurus towed a hundred miles, and then sold it for salvage value because, police think, he had her body in there. Then he hired militaristic satellite photography people to go look at the wrecking yard to see if his car had been completely destroyed, but it wasn't." She adds, "Cadaver dogs came to the tow yard and only indicated on his car, no one else's."
..Utah police repeatedly questioned Michael Powell in Minneapolis. Then, three months ago, Michael Powell jumped from the fifth story of a parking structure,taking his own life. He was 30.
Cox says he and the officers believe Michael Powell "couldn't live with what he'd done, or the police were closing in." But Cox also said it was he who prompted the search in Salem, Ore., based on a tip he received from a confidential source.