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Quoted: What Josh and Steve Powell have said about Susan’s disappearance
First Published Apr 28 2012 08:55 pm • Last Updated Apr 30 2012 08:08 am

In the weeks and months after his wife disappeared from their West Valley City home, Josh Powell made few public statements about his whereabouts that night and what might have happened to Susan. These comments by Josh Powell and his father Steve Powell, compiled from various media interviews by Salt Lake Tribune reporter Brooke Adams, directly addressed those topics. (Some questions posed by media are paraphrased.)

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Editor’s note: The following is part of a collection of information available at The Salt Lake Tribune’s newly created “Where is Susan?” page: www.sltrib.com/findsusan.

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Susan Powell was 28 years old when she disappeared from her home at 6254 W. Sarah Circle, West Valley City, Utah, 84128. She is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 lbs., with long, brown hair and blue eyes. If you have information related to her disappearance, contact West Valley City police at 801-840-4000. If you have information that should be considered for inclusion on the “Where is Susan?” page or a tip that might help answer what happened to her, email it to “findsusantips@sltrib.com.” If verified, information may be added to this page at the discretion of The Salt Lake Tribune.

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• Josh Powell cried at times during this interview with media, including KTVX Channel 4, which took place on the doorstep of the couple’s West Valley City, Utah, home on Dec. 14, 2009:

"I just miss her. I love her. My boys love her. A lot of people love her. She’s just wonderful. All I can ask is that anyone who can, just help us try to find her. I’m just trying to do that."

Q. Any clue where she is?

"I don’t even have a clue."

[Turning to enter his home] "I’ve got to go get my boys.

Q. How are they?

"They’re doing okay. I just have to go get my boys. Thank you for the support. That’s all I can say, thank you for the support."


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• Chris Jones of KUTV Channel 2 interviewed Josh Powell outside his West Valley City, Utah, home on Dec. 18, 2009:

Q. How are you doing. I know this has been difficult for you. What’s been going through your mind today?

"Well, I’ve been trying to figure out what I can do, so I don’t sit idle. Dealing with this [media interviews] repeatedly. I was just going to go in and get my kids."

Q. How are the boys doing?

"They’ve been doing good, as far as I can tell."

Q. How about you?

"People have been really helpful and supportive, so it’s been really hard, but you just have to keep going."

Q. What can you tell us about that night?

"A lot of times, I just go camping with my boys — not anything big, I just go overnight and we do ‘smores and stuff like that. And so I just went with the boys. I was planning to do some ‘smores in the morning. And never did. And then when we got home — well, on the way home I found out that people were worried about us and people were missing."

Q. Was it unusual for you to not call into work?

"No, it’s not usual. You know, I was somehow thinking that it was Sunday. I didn’t go to church. And I just missed a day. Drove to come back Sunday."

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