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


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• The Salt Lake Tribune interviewed Josh Powell again on Aug. 19, 2011, as police searched the desert near Ely, Nevada, for Susan:

Powell said he was trying to carry on despite the suspicions placed on him.

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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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"I would like a resolution. I thought it would be a, frankly, I got the impression they were talking about going down there and looking in a hotel or an apartment or something."

"I’ve stayed focused as much as I can to take care of my sons. It’s been hard. People have behaved in some very unacceptable ways, a lot of relationships have been destroyed."

As for what happened to his wife, Powell said:

"Frankly it’s just not something I want to speculate on."

In that same Aug. 19, 2011 interview with The Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Powell reiterated his belief that his daughter-in-law left of her own accord — and most likely with Steven Koecher, a St. George resident who disappeared around the same time as Susan:

"We thought they had them [Susan and Steven Koecher] down there and they were just going down to pick them up. We believe she’s alive, we believe she left with somebody, we’re not sure if she’s still with that somebody, but I don’t know, she probably is."


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On Aug, 20, 2011, Chuck Cox, Susan’s father, held a honk-and-wave at a street corner near the Powell’s subdivision in Puyallup, Wash., to publicize his daughter’s disappearance. Steve Powell confronted Cox there and made these comments to media at the scene as Chuck Cox listened:

"The only thing they’ve [police] told us is they believe she’s alive. They’ve told us that, and Josh had nothing to do with her disappearance. That’s what they’ve told us."

"We think that their investigation into that [Steve Koecher’s disappearance] probably had something to do with their conclusion that she’s alive."

"I told Josh at the time I said, they know she’s alive. They wouldn’t say they believe she’s alive, they know she’s alive."

Hattie Kauffman’s interview with Josh Powell aired Aug. 25, 2011, on CBS News’ "The Early Show":

Q. Did you have anything to do with her disappearance?

"No."

Q. Did you kill your wife?

"I have never even hurt her. People who know me know that I could never hurt Susan."

Q. In retrospect, do you think about how bad it looks that you left the house at midnight with the two boys?

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