Photo: Susan Powell.
According to the page's administrator, Leslie Bleak, Facebook deleted the page entitled "Susan Powell," which had 6,000 members, last week after it had drawn complaints, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Tuesday.
Photo: Joshua Powell Dec. 12, 2009 in West Valley City, Utah.
Bleak's page became a forum of speculation as many of the postings accused Powell's husband, Joshua Powell, of having a role in the disappearance, according to the Utah paper. Bleak told the paper last month that she started the online social networking group because of speech restrictions on other Facebook pages dedicated to Susan Powell.
She also told the paper she started receiving angry messages, including one from the Destiny Search Project, accusing her of violating copyright laws by posting Powell's missing person's flier.
A different page created by Susan Powell's family, which has 42,000 members, tends to filter and delete offensive comments.
Typically, a page must be reported to Facebook for it to be deleted. A spokeswoman for Susan Powell's parents told The Salt Lake Tribune Monday that the family did not complain about Bleak's page.
Susan Powell, a Salt Lake City mother of two, has been missing since Dec. 7, 2009. She was last seen by her husband Josh Powell, who said he left on a winter camping trip with the couple's children around midnight that day. Police were not able to confirm that story. Josh Powell has since moved out of the house he shared with his wife and moved his children to Washington State.
Police urge anyone with information in the case to call West Valley City police at (801) 840-4000.
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