Susan Powell, 28 years old, was last seen at her West Valley City home and at church on Dec. 6, 2009. She was reported missing the next day after she failed to show up for her stockbroker job.
Her husband told authorities that at 12:30 a.m. that morning, he took the couple’s two young sons — then 4 and 2 — camping in single-digit temperatures in a remote part of Tooele County. He said that when he returned a day and a half later, his wife was gone.
Josh Powell, who now lives in Puyallup, Wash., with his father, Steve Powell, remains a person of interest in the case because he has been uncooperative, West Valley Police say.
Steve Powell claimed in a nationally televised interview Aug. 25 that he had a flirtatious relationship with his daughter-in-law, that they were in love — something her parents adamantly denied, saying Steve Powell initiated unwanted sexual advances toward her.
Cox family attorney Anne Bremner at the time accused the Powells of making a terrible situation even worse.
“What they’re doing is adding such horrible angst to her parents that we have to stop this,” Bremner said. “It’s gone from just bizarre to just unbearable for the family.”