December 16th, 2009
03:52 PM ET

Missing Utah woman: Foul play suspected


[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

Police searching for a missing Utah woman believe she may have been the victim of a crime. “There is circumstantial evidence of foul play going on here,” said Asst. Chief Craig Black of the West Valley Police Department. “Everything points that she did not leave on her own.

Susan Powell, 28, has not been seen or heard from since December 6. Joshua 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.

Asst. Chief Craig told CNN Powell has not been forthcoming with critical details for investigators. “Josh has been the least willing to come forward with direction information about the whereabouts of Susan,” he said.

“We would be very appreciative of him coming in and helping us understand anything he might have to help locate his wife.”

He said it appears highly unlikely Mrs. Powell would voluntarily leave her children.

“She’s not in her home, she left no note, it’s out of character for her,” Black told CNN. “Everything is left behind, no explanation. She’s a mother of two. Nothing indicates that she, on her own free will, would just fly the coop with no keys, purse or cell phone.

“The criminal evidence is very circumstantial at this point. We don’t have a body to say yes she is deceased, or we don’t have evidence to say she is being held against her will….we’ve just not found anyone to take you in the direction that she left on her own.”

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