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Quoted: What Josh and Steve Powell have said about Susan’s disappearance


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Steve Powell made these comments in emails sent to The Salt Lake Tribune in June 2010:

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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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"Some credible insiders involved in the investigation have stated to us that they believe she is alive and may have left of her own accord."

"They [Susan’s sons] are very happy and well-adjusted, although they miss their mother. They know their mommy and their daddy both love them."

• In this The Salt Lake Tribune interview, conducted over two days and published on Nov. 5, 2010, Josh Powell claimed Susan was "extremely unstable" and may have had a mental illness that drove her to leave him and their sons. He claimed Susan was likely still alive. Some of his comments:

Q. How would you go about finding Susan?

"She can’t come back with them [her parents] treating her this way. They want her to be perfect, a saint with no fallibility. She knows she will be chewed up like hamburger [by family and the public] when she comes back."

Powell blamed the Cox family for what he said was Susan’s decision to run away. He said the family had expectations for Susan that were too high.

"She doesn’t have as much strength as they like to think she has."


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Powell complimented his wife, saying she succeeded despite the expectations he claimed the Coxes had for her.

Susan was a "good person and a good wife and a good mother."

Powell said he had stayed quiet since the days just after Susan’s disappearance because his critics did not deserve a response.

"They [his critics] underestimate my discipline."

Steve Powell made the following comments to The Salt Lake Tribune during the Nov. 4, 2010, interview:

"Susan’s very sexually motivated, and she’s very financially motivated. We believe she’s alive, we believe she left with somebody. We don’t know if she’s still with that somebody."

"She’s absconded. We don’t believe she was abducted. We don’t believe she was murdered."

Steve Powell said he had only told his grandsons their mother was missing. He didn’t know what to say about her whereabouts.

"All I know is she’s gone and they [their sons] want her back."

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