SCOTTS MILLS, Ore. -- Authorities called off the ground search for missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell early Thursday morning.
Police on Tuesday and Wednesday searched a rural property near Salem, Ore. for the body of the missing mother, who disappeared from her home in Utah in December of 2009.
Investigators used cadaver dogs in their search, Powell's father Chuck Cox told KSL in Salt Lake City.
"It was a very promising place to look based on the tip that I got," Cox said.
Cox said he had gotten a tip that the family of Steven Powell, Susan's father-in-law, would be willing to help Steven dispose of a body.
"That this was a remote piece of property, it would be a good place," said Cox.
West Valley, Utah Police Deputy Chief Mike Powell says after two days of searching, nothing significant was found. Powell says the 15 to 20 law enforcement officers tentatively plan to search the Scotts Mills property again Thursday.
Powell explains a tip brought officers to the large property in rural Marion County to search for evidence and clues. He says a day by day decision will be made on how much longer to stay in Oregon.
Susan Cox Powell disappeared from her West Valley City home on December of 2009. Her husband, Josh Powell, considered a “person of interest” in her disappearance, killed himself and the couple’s two children in an explosion and house fire in Graham, Wash. in February 2012.
Josh Powell's father Steven Powell is set to be released this month from the Monroe Correctional Complex, where he is serving time for taking voyeuristic photographs of two young neighbor girls in various stages of undress.
Chuck Cox said nothing was found at the Oregon site.
"They searched the entire area and she just wasn't there," he said. "The dogs didn't find anything."
"I don't think it's going to reveal anything; it may yield some more tips or something but I'm pretty sure she's not out there," he said.