December 16th, 2009
10:54 AM ET

Husband of missing Utah woman provides DNA sample


[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/12/11/art.vert.crime.powell.jpg caption="Susan Powell, 28, has been missing since December 6." width=292 height=320]

Gabriel Falcon
AC360° Writer

The husband of a missing Utah woman provided a sample of his DNA to investigators looking for his wife, authorities said today. "We had him come in and we have done it under warrant," West Valley City Police spokesman Capt. Tom McLachlan told CNN. He added that the warrant was used "just to protect everybody should this go to any other classification."

Susan Powell, 28, has not been seen or heard from since December 6. Josuha Powell told police she was at home early Sunday morning when he took their two young children on a camping trip in a remote area of the state, authorities said. Powell claims his wife was not home when they returned on Tuesday.

Powell has retained a Salt Lake City attorney who police said was present while the DNA sample was taken. Capt. McLachlan said Powell also briefly talked with investigators. "We were able to ask him a few questions," he said, "Not everything we wanted to ask him. We hope to have an additional interview later on.

"This was not a full interview, but we did get a few questions answered." DNA samples were collected from several other people in the case, McLachlan said.

Powell's attorney has not returned repeated requests from CNN for comment.

In a phone interview with CNN, Mrs. Powell's father offered words to the many people thinking about his daughter."Thank you for keeping hope alive and continuing to pray for her return," he said. "Don't waste a lot of time worrying about the police investigation.

"What we want to do is make sure her picture is out there. If you see her call 911. And I'm keeping hope that she is fine."

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