Josh Powell talks about missing wife

Nov 7, 2010, 5:04 PM | Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 3:46 pm

Josh Powell hasn’t said much about the disappearance of his wife in the past year, but he told a Salt Lake City reporter he’s upset with her for abandoning their family.

“She knows she will be chewed up like hamburger when she comes back,” he said in an interview with The Salt Lake Tribune.

Powell also described Susan Cox Powell as being “extremely unstable” and he believes mental illness caused her to leave her family.

Susan and Josh originally met in Puyallup. They got married and then moved to Utah, where they had two sons. Susan was reported missing from their Utah home on December 7, 2009.

Josh Powell told police he had taken his two young sons on a camping trip the night his wife disappeared. He said he left around midnight, even though the temperatures were below zero and his kids were only two- and four-years-old at the time.

During a search of their home, police reportedly found a wet spot on the carpet, with fans blowing air on it. A red spot also was reportedly found on the carpet beneath the couch. Even though much of the investigation has focused on Josh Powell, police do not have enough evidence to consider him a suspect.

Powell has moved back to Puyallup with his sons and apparently has expended little or no effort on trying to find his missing wife.

In the new interview, Josh Powell complained his wife’s family has created an image of her that puts her under too much pressure.

“She can’t come back with them treating her this way.” Josh Powell said. “They want her to be perfect, a saint with no fallibility. She doesn’t have as much strength as they like to think she has.”

SusanPowellSusan Powell’s family is still searching for her. They have criticized Josh, saying he was abusive, controlling and never helped with the search. He also didn’t attend any of the vigils they had for Susan.

Along with several Facebook pages dedicated to Susan, the family has created the Susan Cox Powell Foundation.

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