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Josh Powell’s family appeals estate battle to Utah Supreme Court

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Posted at 10:49 AM, Sep 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-16 13:01:07-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The family of Josh Powell is appealing to the Utah Supreme Court in a multi-million dollar battle over the estate of missing mom Susan Cox Powell.

In a notice filed with the state’s top court and obtained by FOX 13, Josh Powell’s mother, Terrica, and sister, Alina, say they are appealing a judge’s ruling that gave control of Susan Cox Powell’s affairs to her father, Chuck Cox.

Read the notice of appeal here:

The estate battle centers around $2 million in insurance money. The Powell family was challenging decisions Cox made when he assumed control of Susan’s financial affairs after her disappearance in 2009 and Josh Powell’s death in 2012.

Cox effectively cut out the Powells from collecting any of that money. In his ruling, Judge L.A. Dever sided with Cox.

In July, the judge raised questions about whether Susan Cox Powell was still alive, as no one had declared her legally dead. She vanished from her West Valley City home in 2009 and has never been found.

Josh Powell, considered a suspect in her disappearance, killed himself and the couple’s children in 2012.