PUYALLUP, Washington (Isabelle Zehnder reporting) — West Valley City Police, the lead agency in the case of missing Utah mom, Susan Cox Powell’s disappearance said Wednesday they plan to write a letter to her husband, Josh Powell, letting him know they will concede to his request that they pay for a lawyer to be present when he talks to the FBI.
WVCPD say they will also be present at the meeting. Detectives have questions they’d like to ask Josh so that they can, once and for all, find out what happened to Susan.
If Josh has nothing to hide, and if he’s innocent, he has no reason not to take WVCPD up on their offer.
They have agreed to pay for his travel expenses and for him to have a lawyer present. Exactly what he and his father, Steve Powell, have for months said they needed in order for Josh to meet and talk to the FBI.
WVCPD Chief Thayle “Buzz” Nielsen said Wednesday, “If he’s innocent, then great, let’s figure this out, tell us what we’re missing, sit down with us. Josh also has the right to tell the truth. He has the right to come forward.”
Chief Nielsen said Josh has, since Susan’s disappearance, impeded their investigation. Josh did meet with detectives early on but he quickly clammed up, lawyered up, and moved away. Susan’s friends and family say he’s made virtually no effort to find his wife – not the typical actions of a man whose wife is missing.
“From that point on he has not helped us, talked to us, responded or anything,” says the chief.
Josh has a very different story to tell. He claims he spent six hours with detectives giving statements and in interviews. He told FOX 13 during an interview last month that “there’s nothing more I can do to push this investigation any faster or any farther than it’s going.”
“He hasn’t helped us at all,” Chief Nielson says. “When we’ve asked him about things, he either ducked it or refused to talk to us. So he said he’s willing to help. So Josh, come on down, we’re ready, we’ll have a team up there tomorrow. So we’re standing by and we’re going to hold you to your word, you said you’d do it and we’re ready.”
Chief Nielsen said his department and the city are fully invested in Susan’s case and that they expect the payoff is coming. WVCPD has already invested tens of thousands of man-hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars on this missing person case.
Tuesday evening Susan’s best friend, Kiirsi Hellewell, said Chief Nielsen’s statements “sent chills down my spine” and said, “Anytime I think this investigation is taking too long I’m going to read about the hard work and dedication of police.”
Kiirsi has worked diligently to keep her friend’s name and picture out in the public eye.
No matter how tired she’s been or how tough it’s been, Kiiris has always managed to pull it together when media calls. She knows that’s what Susan would have done for her. She knows that it helps keep Susan’s name in the public, something that Susan’s father Chuck Cox says is vitally important in Susan’s case.
Chuck can’t talk about Susan’s case publicly at the moment. He has been granted temporary custody of Susan’s two young sons, Charlie, 6, and Braden, 4, and was ordered by the judge to refrain from making public statements about Susan, the children, or her missing person’s case.
It’s a small price to pay, Susan’s friends say, to have the boys out of the Powell home and with their maternal grandparents.
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Susan Cox Powell’s father reacts to charges against Steve Powell (Video)
Steve Powell arrested: Where are Susan Cox Powell’s children?
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