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Police Get DNA Samples From Missing Utah Woman’s Husband

Salt Lake Tribune via YellowBrix

December 17, 2009

Police have obtained DNA samples from Joshua Powell as part of their investigation into the disappearance of his wife, Susan Powell.

West Valley City police Capt. Tom McLachlan said investigators have taken DNA samples from multiple people in the search for 28-year-old Susan Powell, and the warrant served Tuesday does not imply her husband is a suspect.

“We hope to have him come in for a more extensive interview, but I don’t know if a date or time has been set for that,” McLachlan said Tuesday night.

Joshua Powell answered some “basic” questions at the station Tuesday, a day after he cancelled a police interview that was scheduled for Monday, McLachlan said.

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Powell’s attorney Scott C. Williams said Powell sought legal counsel shortly before the scheduled meeting.

“I needed time to get information so I could advise and consult,” Williams said, explaining why Powell cancelled Monday’s interview. Williams would not discuss details of Tuesday’s exchange with police.

Also Tuesday, friends of Susan Powell filled some of the silence with information about long-simmering difficulties in their marriage and details about how the couple met.

According to court documents, Joshua Powell filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in April 2007 and listed more than $200,000 in credit card, furniture, student loan and other debts.

That debt put a stress on the couple’s relationship, several sources told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Even before the bankruptcy, friends had counseled Susan Powell to leave her husband, who was “very, very controlling,” said Rachel Marini, who met the couple shortly after they wed in 2001.

“She had lots of people tell her to end it and get a divorce because it was not worth going through that kind of heartache,” Marini said. “But Susan didn’t want to give up on her marriage.”

Marini’s husband, Tim, met Joshua Powell in 1999 at the singles ward in Tacoma, Wash. The couples were close until Rachel Marini had a falling out with Joshua Powell during a road trip from Utah to Washington several years ago.

However, the Marinis stayed close with Susan via Facebook. Over the past year or so, Susan told the couple the relationship “was still pretty bad, but that for the first time, Susan started standing up for herself,” Rachel Marini said.

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  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 5 years ago


    SkoolCop, don't forget Drew Peterson in Ill., either. Why do so many husbands think that killing their wives will fix ALL their problems?!?!?

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 5 years ago


    chiefdennis...... along with Scott Pterson, look up Utah's very own Mark Hacking who killed his wife Lori with a .22 cal rifle while she slept and then proceeded to roll her body in a tarp and throw her into a trash dumpster. In that case, his father and brother told him that he was not raised the way he was acting and that if he knew anything about the case he needed to be honest and tell investigators. He subsequently confessed to the crime and pleaded guilty to her murder.

    It's only a matter of time now. On msnbc this morning, it was announced that Josh Powell is now considered a "person of intrest" in this case.

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Scott Petersen all over again.

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    over 5 years ago


    Like I said the day the story broke...................The Husband ! !

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    over 5 years ago


    It smells....................

  • Snoopy_18_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I have to agree with SkoolCop. This could get really ugly.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    I can't believe he would cancel the police interview to get legal counsel. If I'm in his shoes, the officers up there would have to physically keep me from coming up and helping. His story is such BS!

  • Au_max50


    over 5 years ago


    This young mother is dead. The husband is a complete scum.He is involved with her disapperance and her death. May God grant Peace and Comfort to her family. May God help in the investigation and find her. This husband did it.

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 5 years ago


    This reeks of Scott and Lacy Peterson, Drew Peterson and his assorted wives and Utah's very own, Mark and Lori Hacking. I was in Utah and Idaho that summer on a family vacation. Every time I turned on the radio, I listened to Hacking make his claim that she was out running and to please help him find her. When I finally was able to see him on the TV, I knew instantly that he was hiding the truth. This one is no different. He smells, sounds and looks dirty..... as dirty as they come. At least Mark Hacking's own father and brother held him to task and told him so leading to his eventual confession and guilty plea. I am not seeing that in this case yet.

    As for taking the kids camping at midnight thirty in the middle of a snow storm....... THERE IS NO WAY IN FREAKING HELL MY WIFE WOULD ALLOW ME TO DO THIS. I HIGHLY DOUBT IN HER RIGHT MIND THAT SUSAN POWELL WOULD EITHER. Two fans aimed at and obviously drying a wet spot on the carpet? Something was recently cleaned and so far Mr Powell has yet to offer a reasonable or plausible explanation for this or anything else related to this case. WAY TOO MANY HOLES... WAY TOO MUCH UNACCOUNTED FOR TIME. The western Utah desert is a vast expanse with many places to dump a body.

    Can you see this conversation taking place between dad and kids? (WARNING: The following is merely speculative and should NOT (yet) be taken as fact)

    Josh: Come on kids. Let's get up. We're going camping. Oh, never mind that it's after midnight. It'll be fun.

    Kids: What about mommy?

    Josh: Oh she's sleeping. She wants us to have a good time and will see us when we get back, ok?

    Kids proceed to fall asleep in the car and Josh drives out to camp whoknowswhere and off loads the cargo...... errr his deceased wife. Later, when the sun comes up, they play in the snow for a bit if it is not still stormy and eventually come home to find a boatload of police and other people asking him where Susan is. Josh thinks to himself, "CRAP, I haven't had the chance to put the fans away yet.


  • Cops_robbers_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Watching the guy while his brother in law spoke pretty much said it all, I am willing to bet he had something to do with her disappearance. Looking down, eyes twitching back and fourth, thinking" I'm screwed"...yea he did it.

  • Helmet_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Who takes two small children camping at midnight in a snow storm?? hiding somthing!!!!!

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    over 5 years ago


    I don't like the way this is going. This guy is hiding something or knows something. This really smells.

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    over 5 years ago


    Hate to say it, but this guy may be another Drew Petterson.

  • Honorvalor_max50


    over 5 years ago


    After listening to the news here in SLC, I have a bad feeling about this one..

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