December 14th, 2009
12:51 PM ET

Husband of missing Utah woman to be interviewed today


Susan Powell, 28, has been missing for more than one week.

Susan Powell, 28, has been missing for more than one week.

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The husband of a missing Utah woman will meet with investigators today, police in Utah told CNN. "We do expect to have an additional interview with Joshua Powell sometime today," West Valley Police Captain Tom McLachlan said. He added that he did not know what time it will occur.

Mr. Powell was questioned last week after his wife, Susan Powell, vanished.

Susan Powell, 28, disappeared from her suburban Salt Lake City home under what many consider to be mysterious circumstances last weekend. Her husband, Joshua Powell, said he last saw his wife shortly after midnight Sunday as he was preparing to take the couple’s four and one-year-old sons on a camping trip in a freezing remote area of the state, police and family members said.

His wife was not in the house when he returned with the children on Tuesday, investigators said Mr. Powell told them.

The West Valley City Police Department continue to classify the investigation as a missing persons case. They have also labeled it as suspicious.

And today, McLachlan said the case could turn into a criminal investigation. "Of the many possibilities out there, that's one of them," he told CNN.

McLachlan said police have been unable to confirm Mr. Powell’s account of exactly where he took the children camping. “We went to the area he send he went to and checked for fire tracks, use of a fire pit, or anything else,” he said. “Everything is snow covered. We were not able to verify… it’s a little difficult if you can’t physically verify a location that he says he may have gone to.” Mr. Powell could not be reached for comment.

Mrs. Powell's father, Charles Cox, told CNN he has only briefly spoken to his son-in-law.

“He has basically maintained that he doesn’t know where she is, so I really don’t know what beyond that to ask him,” Cox said.

In interviews with CNN, close friends and family members described Powell as a devout Mormon who attended church services regularly. They also said she was friendly and outgoing. Above all, they called her a caring and loving mother who lives for her children.

“If you know her, you know she is responsible almost to a fault, said friend and family spokesperson Shelby Gifford. “Knowing and loving her like we do we can see she would never be away from her kids.

“Susan is an exceptional mother. The reason she is separated from her boys right now is because she is not in control of the situation. I can't even tell you how out of character or abnormal that is.”

Gifford’s husband, Michael, echoed the sentiment:

“She absolutely adores her children,” he told CNN. “They are the center of her universe. She would do anything for them. She is very nurturing and loving and has long-range goals for them. She is one of those parents that want the best for her children."

“Something like this where she is not contacting them to me shows that she is not able to because of whatever circumstances have caused her to go missing, she wouldn't leave without them, ” Michael Gifford added.

Kayla Reed, a friend, said Powell made her feel welcome when she and her husband moved into the neighborhood. “She was the first person who came up and introduced herself,” Reed said. “She’s always a happy cheerful person.”

Reed said about 150 people in the community began fasting today for 24-hours. “Hopefully, it will help us find her or bring peace,” she said. “We just need to have the comfort of our father in heaven.”

“You can imagine that it’s just an agonizing time for the family,” said Shelby Gifford. “It’s such a hard thing not to know where she is. And if she’s hurt and if she’s sick, if she’s anywhere in Utah, there are so many possibilities.”

Including one that some say they must consider. “If she’s not alive, just get her found,” Reed said. “We don’t want to go there, but we want her home. We want her to know that she is desperately loved.

For more crime coverage go to cnn.com/crime.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Misty

    The husband did it....

    December 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Who takes a 4 year and a 1 year old child camping in freezing temperatures and I can't imagine a mother allowing that to happen. Something is very wrong with this picture and if her husband is being coddled by friends and law enforcement during this process it should stop immediately and get some straight answers.

    December 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  3. Linda B., Ga.

    The husbands story is way "FISHY". Who would take a 4 and 1 yr old camping without another Adult around/assisting?? and at midnight??? The husband needs to be questioned more and given a lie detector test.

    I heard they want to question the 4 yr old. Do it, he should be able to shed some light on the matter....kids are VERY SMART, at that age.

    December 14, 2009 at 3:48 pm |
  4. Ann Smith

    He knows where she is....

    December 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm |
  5. Michelle

    How incredibly sad. This whole situation just smacks of Scott Peterson and how he went fishing on Christmas Eve. Who in their right mind would take two little boys camping in sub-zero temps WITHOUT their mom? She sounds like she was a great mom so I highly doubt she would have agreed to this trip. It just does not make any sense. My guess is that he killed her, disposed of her and used the ruse that he and the kids were gone to cover his tracks. Hopefully justice will prevail.

    December 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  6. Janet Babcock

    who takes little kids like that to a freezing place to camp.....sounds fishy to me......and now the wife is gone......hmmmmm. hope the cops are thinking what I'm thinking......

    December 14, 2009 at 1:36 pm |