Officials search in the area of Topaz Mountain, Juab County, Utah, for signs of a Utah mother missing since 2009. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. Investigators combed the central Utah desert near Topaz Mountain, with all-terrain vehicles and a specialized team of search dogs for clues in Susan Cox Powell's case, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Powell said. The area is about 135 miles southwest of where the mother of two was last seen at her home in West Valley City. Susan Cox Powell was 28 when she was reported missing Dec. 7 after she failed to show up for her stockbroker job. She had been seen by friends at church and at dinner the day before. (AP Photo/The Deseret News, Ravell Call)
This is a picture of the Topaz Mountain area at sunset where searchers say they found human remains as they were looking for missing Utah mother Susan Powell, on September 14, 2011 in outside Delta, Utah. Powell disappeared from her West Valley City home in December 2009 and hasn't been seen since. (AP Photo/George Frey)
A medical examiner will conduct an investigation Thursday of what West Valley City police say are human remains found during a Search for Susan Cox Powell near Delta, Utah.
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DELTA, Utah (AP) — Authorities are resuming their investigation in Utah's central desert after finding human remains as they searched for clues in the disappearance of a mother.
The remains were set to be examined Thursday as investigators work to determine whether they belong to Susan Powell.
West Valley City Police Sgt. Mike Powell says they were found Wednesday by cadaver dogs in the rugged desert terrain around Topaz Mountain in Juab County. The site is about 135 miles southwest of Powell's West Valley City home, where she was last seen.
The area also is just about 30 miles south of where Powell's husband, Josh Powell, told police he took his two young children camping on the night his wife vanished.
Susan Powell was last seen in December 2009.