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In-law 'involved' in Utah woman's disappearance, police say

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By The Associated Press
Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:24 p.m.
 

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — For the first time, Utah police said they believe Susan Powell's brother-in-law was “heavily involved” in getting rid of her body.

West Valley police said the focus shifted to Michael C. Powell after Josh Powell killed the couple's two boys and himself in a deliberately set house fire 15 months ago.

Police held a news conference on Monday to say they are closing the active investigation of Susan Powell's disappearance citing a lack of leads. They are also releasing the case file, which includes details that have been kept under wraps since Powell vanished in 2009. Police have said they would reopen the Susan Powell case if they get new information.

Michael Powell killed himself Feb. 11 by jumping from a parking garage in Minneapolis.

Police based their suspicion in part on a car Michael Powell left at an Oregon junkyard only weeks after Susan Powell disappeared. The junkyard is about 200 miles from a forest outside Salem, Ore., where authorities searched last week, looking for a body. The search turned up nothing, and police said they ran out of clues.

Deputy West Valley police Chief Michael Powell — no relation — said authorities believe Josh Powell killed his wife, and that his brother later got involved in a cover-up. Michael Powell denied any wrongdoing while under investigation.

 

 
 


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