DELTA, Utah (AP) - A search in the Utah desert for a missing
mother took a strange turn Thursday when the site that authorities
said contained human remains turned up no body parts by the end of
Cadaver dogs discovered the location this week amid a renewed
search for Susan Powell, and investigators declared that they had
found human remains.
But authorities later said that after digging into the site,
they had found no remains. Police did not say why they earlier
stated they had found human remains when they hadn't seen any.
"Right now, we haven't found anything except for these scents
that these dogs are picking up," said West Valley City Police Lt.
Bill Merritt. "We have not come across bones."
Because the site in a remote area of central Utah is on
government land, a Bureau of Land Management anthropologist was
brought in to determine if it was part of an ancient burial ground.
The scientist later said it wasn't, but instead showed signs of
Investigators then began sifting through what was described as a
"We're not looking at some ancient burial ground," Merritt
said. "This is not going to be some cowboy from the West."
Merritt said later Thursday that authorities had only begun to
dig into the dirt in the afternoon. By the end of the day, they had
dug several feet down, but came across no remains.