WEST VALLEY, UT - West Valley City Police in Utah released the tapes of detectives interrogating Josh Powell one day after his wife disappeared in December 2009.
The questioning lasted nearly 3 hours. Powell gave up very little information, “I don’t know where she’s at. She ain’t back yet. I’ve already told you everything I can think of,” Powell said. Detective Ellis Maxwell pushes Powell for more, “What do you want us to do? Do you not want us to talk to you? Do you not want us to talk to anybody and just leave you alone and hope she shows up? Is that what you want us to do?”
Susan Powell disappeared December 7, 2009. Her husband told police he took his two young sons camping in the middle of the night. When he came home Susan was gone.
In the interrogation Powell seems to fixate on his hands that had some cuts on them, “You guys are already trying to trap me on little things like my hands.”
Powell was not under arrest during the interview. He was told he was free to go. When he mentioned calling an attorney Detective Maxwell said, “The issue is you have a wife that’s missing. That’s the issue, that’s the concern. That’s why I don’t understand why you’re worried about having an attorney. We need to find your wife. I would think you’d want to help me find your wife?”
Near the end of the three hours of questioning another detective came in and told Powell his story wasn’t adding up, that his sons had a different version, and that now he was being detained. “One of our detectives just interviewed your children. And your children are telling our detective that their mom went with you guys last night and that she didn’t come back.”
To that Powell replied, “She did not go with us.”
Susan Powell is still missing.
Josh Powell killed his sons and himself in February 2012. He blew up his house in Graham. West Valley City Police say they had planned to charge Powell with his wife’s murder later that year.
The tapes were released a month after Utah police officially closed the case. Investigators had no new leads to follow.