December 17th, 2009
09:31 PM ET

Missing woman’s home searched


[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  executed a search warrant at the home of a missing Utah woman and her husband, authorities said today. “It involved our detective division,” West Valley City Asst. Police Chief Craig Black told CNN. He would not disclose details about the search or what evidence was gathered by investigators.

It is at least the second search of the couple’s home since Susan Powell, 28, vanished on December 6. Her husband, Joshua Powell, said his wife vanished after he took their two young children on a camping trip. Police have been unable to confirm his account and have labeled him a person of interest. He has also not been cooperative in the investigation, they added.

At a news conference on Thursday, Mrs. Powell’s family described frustration over her husband’s actions since she vanished. “We wish he would be cooperative,” said family spokesman Shelby Gifford, “because we think that would help us find Susan.

“We’re just not speculating on what his role might have been. We don’t have all the facts and we also have a monumental task in front of us. That’s finding Susan. That’s what we’re focused on right now.”

Gifford said the couple’s two sons are doing fine.

Mr. Powell has retained an attorney, who has not returned repeated requests from CNN for comment. He has also provided a DNA sample, police said.

A Facebook page created by the family and friends of Mrs. Powell has received a flood of comments from people across the country. Many offer prayers and words of support. One posting from a woman named Kristie said: “Susan you have touched millions of peoples lives because of how you live your life... and how we should be living ours. we love you and will not give up the search, we will not rest.... we love you”

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Jan

    When will it stop? Find the truth for all of us.

    December 18, 2009 at 2:41 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I pray the police are not just focusing in on her husband alone and still looking for other leads. Her children need her and I pray she is well, no good mother as she is would just disappear without her children.

    December 17, 2009 at 9:57 pm |