The husband of a missing Utah woman did not appear for his scheduled interview with police on Monday, authorities said today. Joshua Powell was supposed to meet for a second time with investigators who are trying to determine what happened to his wife, Susan Powell.
"He failed to show up," Capt. Tom McLachlan of the West Valley City Polce told CNN. "We had heard that he had retained an attorney. We contacted the attorney and he said he had advised Joshua not to submit to questioning."
"Hopefully we can rescheule an additional interview. We'll wait to see what occurs on that request."
Mr. Powell said he last saw his wife shortly after midnight on December 6 as he was taking the couple's 4 and 1-year-old sons on a camping trip, according to police. Authorities also said Mr. Powell told them that Mrs. Powell was not at home when he returned with the children on Tuesday.
McLachlan said he was "extremely" disappointed with Mr. Powell's decision to hire a lawyer. "All of our communications with Joshua Powell had been with the intent of getting the information necessary to, as his stated purpose was, to find Susan," he told CNN. "Now that delays the process."
"I don't think that really serves the purpose of solving this missing persons case."
Several media outlets have reported that Mr. Powell has retained Scott Williams, a Salt Lake City attorney. Messages to his law office requesting comment were not returned to CNN.
Kayla Reed, a close friend of Mrs. Powell, told CNN she wasn't surprised he hired an attorney. "We just want to find Susan...she's still out there," she said.
"It's hard to move on to any stage past this without her here, without her body or her person here," she added.
"We don't know what to do until we get to the next part... we're praying that she is alive, but it's been over a week, it's hard to believe that she can be there alive."
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