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Husband refuses police interviews

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- The husband of a missing Utah woman has retained a lawyer and refused further interviews with investigators, police said Tuesday.

Joshua Powell of West Valley City had been questioned twice before refusing a third interview Monday, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.

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"He has refused to come in for additional questioning. I guess his attorney has advised him against it," Capt. Tom McLachlan of the West Valley City Police Department said. "This is very disappointing to us and it is not helpful for this missing person investigation at all."

Police have said Powell is not a suspect. He said he took his two sons, ages 2 and 4, camping Dec. 7, and last saw his wife when he left just after midnight.

When he returned home at 5 p.m. that day his wife was nowhere to be found, Powell said.

Mike Gifford, a friend of the family, said Charles Cox, Susan Powell's father, trusts his son-in-law.

"Mr. Cox wants people to know that Susan is not the kind of woman that would have left her kids behind. If she is not calling family, she's not able to or circumstances are preventing her from doing so," Gifford said.

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