Yesterday when my family and I were out doing our Saturday grocery shopping, we ran into the mother of Troy Ward. She was a cashier at the store and saw the “Missing Person: Susan Cox Powell” button I was wearing.
Troy Ward was a 6-year-old boy who disappeared from a park in the Salt Lake area the day after his 6th birthday in 1983, according to a Wikipedia article. Troy was the victim of a serial killer, Arthur Gary Bishop, and was the fourth boy this evil man killed. (WARNING: don’t click on the Wikipedia link if you don’t want to read the details of these horrible crimes.)
Troy’s mother told us about her 33 days of “living hell” she went through before they found her little boy’s body. She showed us an old picture of him that she keeps with her in her pocket. She told us about her experience of praying the night he disappeared and her feeling that he was “safe”—but not in body, in spirit, meaning she had a good idea that he was already dead.
She told us that she knows exactly how Susan’s parents feel. She has been there and back again. She hopes so much that Susan will be found and her heart goes out to Susan’s parents.
I believe there is a special place reserved for the type of people that do such horrible things to others. Whomever took Susan away from her family, her little boys, and all those that loved her will pay the price, I firmly believe. WE WILL FIND HER. We will never give up until we do.