Husband of missing Utah woman gives fishy story, suspicions mount

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 18, 2009 7:37 am

Susan Powell is the wife and mother of two who has been missing from her West Valley City, Utah residence since December 7th.

Her husband, Josh Powell, has been named a person of interest in the investigation. He has not been very cooperative with authorities, refusing to provide necessary details to fill in the story of what may have happened that night.

Now, Susan’s family has said Josh’s claim that he took their children camping the night Susan disappeared raises a “huge red flag”. Josh claimed he took the two children, ages 2 and 4 to the Pony Express Trail to camp in the family van at 12:30 in the morning on a frigid winter night. Yesterday, family friend Shelby Gifford said “Susan … would not have tolerated her children being taken out of the home after midnight to go camping in dangerously cold conditions.”

The fact that Josh Powell has been named a person of interest saddens Susan’s family and friends, but apparently it is “not a surprise, given the events and his reaction to them in the past week,” Gifford said.

Authorities have found Susan’s phone, purse and keys inside the Powell residence. This is also suspicious. Shelby Gifford’s husband, Michael, said “She would never leave her home without her … cell phone, especially if her children were gone camping in the kind of conditions that they had gone camping.”

Family and friends have said the marriage of Susan and Joshua Powell has been strained lately, citing financial and emotional stresses.

We hope she is safely found soon.