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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The father of a 28-year-old woman who went missing more than a week ago says he doesn't think his son-in-law would do anything to hurt his daughter and understands why he felt the need to hire an attorney.
Charles Cox tells CBS's "The Early Show" that the last time he spoke to his daughter, he asked her if things were OK between her and her husband and she said everything was fine.
Cox also says Susan Powell would never leave her children.
"If it were me," he told CBS, "and my wife were missing, and I had nothing to do with it, but all of a sudden I was the focus of this attention, I would probably feel threatened and I would probably feel I needed to find an attorney. So I don't think that really proves anything right now."
He tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that he's holding out hope his daughter will be found.
Susan Powell was reported missing Dec. 7 when she didn't show up to work and her children weren't dropped off at day care.
Josh Powell told police he took his two boys, ages 2 and 4, camping and returned in the evening.
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