Investigators Suspect Foul Play in Disappearance of Utah Mother

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Investigators Suspect Foul Play in Disappearance of Utah Mother
By Christine Cristiano

Prominent Salt Lake City defense attorney, Scott C. Williams, has been retained by the husband of a 28 year old missing woman. Susan
Powell has been missing since December 7, 2009 when she failed to drop off her children at daycare or show up for work. Upon visiting
her home, investigators reported that they did not find any signs of forced entry, however, they did find her purse and car keys inside.

                              12/18/09                                   McLachlan commented that ‘’it’s still a missing-person case.
                                                                         We don’t have any information or fact to move it from that
                             According to her husband, Josh              classification. But it is very suspicious to us, given the
                             Powell, he last saw his wife on             circumstances.’’
                             December 7, 2009 at 12:30 am
when he left to take the couple’s two boys, ages 2 and 4,                According to the latest news regarding the disappearance of
camping in subfreezing temperatures. He reported that the                Susan Powell, investigators suspect that foul play was involved
trio slept in a van and he returned later that day at 5:00               after Powell’s husband was deemed ‘uncooperative’ during
pm. Police were unable to investigate Josh Powell’s camping              the investigation. Powell is not a suspect yet, but authorities
trip because snow has blanketed the alleged site in Simpson              will continue to investigate his whereabouts on the day of his
Springs, Utah on the Pony Express Trail in the state’s west              wife’s disappearance.
desert. Besides her husband, Susan Powell was last seen on
December 6, 2009 when she dined with a family friend at the              According to West Valley City Asst. Police Chief Craig Black,
couple’s home after church.                                              ‘’every lead we’ve been offered so far would leave us to
                                                                         believe this is out of character, and thus suspect foul play is
According to West Valley City Police Capt. Tom McLachlan,                involved. Josh’s unusual lack of cooperation, for a husband
‘’30 detectives have been working on the case, and several of            looking for his wife, with the police department, you know,
them were on duty Sunday, fielding any tips or leads they can            […]certainly causes us to ask questions as to why [...]he
get from the family or friends.’’                                        [would] do things to exclude the resources that we can bring
                                                                         to the table to find Susan.’’
The Powell family has appointed Shelby Gifford as
spokesperson and reported that the Powell’s children ‘’are               Police investigating the case have obtained DNA samples from
weathering the ordeal.’’                                                 Susan Powell’s family members and multiple people, including
                                                                         her husband, as part of their investigation.
Josh Powell has already been interviewed by police after the
initial report of his wife’s disappearance, however, Utah police         According to attorney Scott Williams, he commented that ‘’on
are planning to interview Powell again.                                  the possibility that some DNA of some evidentiary value is
                                                                         ultimately obtained, the police [will] need a DNA profile from
                                                                         as many people as possible.”

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