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PRESS RELEASE
Saturday, January 30, 2010
2:00 PST
Contact: Shelby Gifford, Cox Family Spokeswoman
253.255.1624
Shelby@theshelbynetwork.com

SUBJECT: Friends & Family of Susan Powell Facebook Page Mysteriously Disappears

The Cox Family and administrators of the Friends & Family of Susan Powell Facebook page are asking for the social networking site’s help in restoring a page dedicated to the disappearance of missing Utah mom, Susan Powell, who was last seen December 6, 2009 in West Valley City, Utah.

The page contained information about Susan and her disappearance, and was a place where members of Facebook could come for up-to-date information about the case. “An entire database of people willing to help with searches and provide other services was deleted from Facebook as of approximately 2 PM Friday, January 29, 2010” said Shelby Gifford, family spokesperson for the Cox family and an administrator on the popular Facebook page. “Additionally, our page had over 45,000 members, all of whom can no longer see the page and who are not able to get or distribute information about Susan’s disappearance.”

The Facebook page has also been plagued by a “troll” who continues to visit the page under assumed identities, even pretending to be Susan Powell herself at one point. The Cox family and the Friends & Family of Susan Powell page administrators have made repeated complaints to Facebook and have not received a response. Susan’s father, Charles Cox, even applied online for a job with Facebook to try to get the company’s attention, but received no response. Other Facebook sites that strive to provide information about Susan have experienced similar problems.

“Obviously, our reason for using Facebook is that it can reach such a large audience quickly. This was proven in our successful Find Susan Media Blitz conducted earlier this month, during which the site grew to over 43,000 members in just a matter of days,” said James Hofheins, Social Media Coordinator for the Friends & Family of Susan Powell group. “We would like to talk with a representative from Facebook so we can remedy this problem once and for all. Their lack of response is causing great frustration among Susan’s friends, family and supporters.”

Various law enforcement agencies have been contacted with regard to threats made to the individual administrators of the Friends & Family of Susan Powell Facebook site. “We will continue to pursue those avenues as needed,” said Gifford.

NOTE: The Cox family had previously planned (but not announced) a press conference for Monday, February 1, 2010 in Puyallup, WA. THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED. When the conference is rescheduled, members of the media will be notified via an emailed press release. To add your contact information to the Cox Family media database, please send an email to Shelby@theshelbynetwork.com.

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Many people in this world spend their time doing good, uplifting, wholesome things.  A few others choose to spend theirs destroying and tearing down.

Our Facebook group, Friends and Family of Susan Powell, disappeared this afternoon.  An internet troll/fake profile/hacker has claimed responsibility, saying that he has friends “inside” Facebook that shut the group down at his request and will shut down any further groups we ever try to start.

We won’t stand for this and are doing all we can to get Facebook to figure out what’s going on and fix their security issues.  44,000 + people who love and support Susan and her family now feel like they are homeless.  This group was their lifeline, their source of news, their way to show united strength and to focus on the effort to find Susan. 

Obviously, someone doesn’t want us to find Susan.  But it doesn’t matter what one person tries to do—NOTHING is going to stop us from doing everything in our power and fighting till the end to find Susan and return her to her family, her friends, and most of all, to her little boys who need her. 

Please take the time to visit this new blog dedicated to the upcoming Week of Service in Susan’s honor: http://heartsknitforsusan.wordpress.com/  Also, follow @findsusan if you’re on Twitter for constant updates on the Facebook situation and other efforts in the search for Susan.  And keep an eye on the Find Susan blog, as well. 

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