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Josh Powell speaks: My wife, Susan, left us behind
Disappearance » But missing woman’s family says son-in-law is looking for someone besides self to blame.

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"It's clear with them they need to blame somebody," said Susan's father, Chuck Cox, during an interview at his Puyallup home.

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Susan Cox Powell timeline (PDF)


— The investigation West Valley City police have gathered and analyzed a raft of evidence in connection with the case: Fibers and a computer taken from the Powell home DNA from Josh Powell Josh and Susan’s blue minivan, which was tracked by a GPS device in the months after Susan’s disappearance Phone records They may have examined a journal sources have previously said Susan kept at her workplace
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He says she's alive

  • Police have called Josh Powell the only person of interest in his wife's Dec. 7 disappearance from their home in West Valley City.

Josh Powell declined to answer many questions about the investigation and at points asked his father, Steve, not to bring up some subjects.

But Josh Powell stuck by his previous statements: that he last saw his wife as he left her at home and took their sons, then ages 2 and 4, on a late-night camping trip to the west desert in the family's blue minivan. He and the children stayed warm in the freezing temperatures with a generator and heater he had purchased two weeks earlier, Josh Powell said. Police have since seized the equipment, he said.

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"Susan was with me at the generator store," Josh Powell said, but was unable to remember the name of the store.

As for the wet spot police found on the carpet of Josh and Susan Powell's home the day after her disappearance, Steve Powell said his daughter-in-law had decided to clean the carpets. There was a red spot on the carpet underneath the couch, he said.

"It was probably juice or something," Steve Powell said.

Steve Powell said an FBI agent who came to his Puyallup home on May 11 told him the bureau, after reviewing evidence gathered by West Valley City police, does not believe Josh Powell had anything to do with the disappearance and that Susan is alive.

That agent, and others from the U.S. Marshals service, were there to retrieve a GPS tracking device secretly attached to Susan and Josh Powell's Dodge Caravan. Two court orders, signed by a federal magistrate in Salt Lake City and reviewed by The Tribune, indicate the device was attached to the van in January.

An FBI spokeswoman on Friday declined to comment.

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— How to help Anyone with information about the case may contact West Valley City Police at 801-840-4000.

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