Powell's silence is breaking his sister's heart

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The sister of Josh Powell says he isn't saying much about his wife's disappearance, even to his family. Jennifer Graves appeared on NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning.

She said, "It makes me sad that he won't speak up more on behalf of his wife. We need to find her."

She described the close friendship she had with Susan Powell. She said that friendship was growing stronger in the past few months and Susan would go to her house once a week. She said her brother's silence about Susan's disappearance was breaking her heart.

She said, "He hasn't really said a lot since she disappeared. Like I said, it's what he said, basically, to the police. He hasn't communicated really anything else to us."

Last week her husband, Kirk Graves, said he wouldn't be surprised if Josh was arrested soon. A few days ago, he told KSL he was tired when he made that statement on national TV and didn't know why he said it.

When he was asked the same question Thursday morning on the "Today" show," he replied, "I said it just while things were still just developing, while I was under a great deal of stress and getting very little sleep."

He said there wasn't enough information to say whether Josh would be arrested.

The Cox family's spokeswoman, who is in Washington state, spoke with KSL. She said this holiday will understandably be tough for Susan's family. They have asked that people perform an act of kindness in Susan Powell's name between now and New Year's Day.

The spokeswoman said stories of some acts of kindness are getting back to Susan's family and have been a great comfort to them. She said some people are helping the homeless. Others are buying clothes and gifts for those who can't afford them this Christmas -- all in Susan's name.

The spokeswoman said Susan's parents are trying to make plans to spend time with their grandsons while they are in Washington. She didn't know how long Josh and the kids would be up there.

As for the investigation, West Valley Police say there is nothing new. Josh Powell is still a person of interest in the case.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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