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Police impound car of missing Utah woman's husband for second search

By Sandra Yi | Posted - Jan. 29, 2010 at 6:10 p.m.



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WEST VALLEY CITY -- Family and friends of Josh Powell -- the husband of missing woman Susan Powell -- told KSL News that Josh's car was impounded by police early Friday evening. They say investigators took the car for a second search on an existing warrant. Police have not yet confirmed this information.

Meanwhile, Josh is back in Utah. He returned to his West Valley City home Thursday night after moving to Washington earlier this month.

A close friend said Josh Powell is planning to rent out the house where he and Susan lived.

Friend and neighbor John Hellewell has kept in touch with Josh and talked to him on the phone several times last week. He gave Josh a ride from the airport around 9:30 Thursday night.

![](http://media.bonnint.net/slc/1638/163865/16386541.jpg)**Time line**
• Dec. 6 - The last time anyone saw Susan Powell • Dec. 7 - The day Susan Powell was reported missing • Dec. 9 - Police call disappearance of Susan Powell [suspicious](http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=8965718) • Dec. 12 - [ Family of missing woman's husband speaks](http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=9011381) • Dec. 16 - Josh Powell named [person of interest](http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=9050899) • Dec. 17 - [2nd search warrant](http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=9062334) served at Powell home • Dec. 20 - Josh Powell attends Wash. [vigil](http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=9097273) • Jan. 3 - Friends of missing Utah mom [launch Web media blitz](http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=9215025) • Jan. 4 - [Social media blitz](http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=9225441&nid=148) kick off • Jan 9 - Josh Powell [packs up West Valley City house](http://www.ksl.com/?sid=9285755&nid=148) • Jan. 27 - Family, friends put up [ribbon display](http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=148&sid=9483212) at Powell WVC home
Hellewell said Josh was concerned there would be reporters waiting for him outside his home and was happy when there was no media there.

He said when Josh saw the decorations for Susan outside the house, he said he thought they were a good idea.

Hellewell explained why Josh was back in town. He said, "His plan is to finish his deck and to try and get his basement worked on so he can get renters into the house. When I asked how long he would be here, he said as short as possible, so as quickly as he can get the work done."

As for Josh's reasons behind renting the home, Hellewell told KSL, "[Josh] needs the money, and he said that he hopes that Susan will be found and that they'll be able to go back to living in that house afterwards."

Hellewell says that was the only thing Josh has said about Susan.

Josh's homecoming was a bit of a surprise to his family. Brother-in-law Kirk Graves says he knew Josh planned to come home to work on his house but didn't expect him so soon.

Graves says Josh has shown no emotion. Their relationship, he says, has been strained, partly because of that. "We wish he would be more open, that he would talk to the press, that he would get his story out there," he said.

Graves was in Washington last week and spent time with Powell's two boys. He says they seemed to be doing all right, considering the circumstances. According to Graves, one of Susan's boys did say his mom was missing.

On Wednesday, friends and family gathered at the Powell home to put up ribbons, streamers and signs to remind people that Susan is still missing and possibly alive.

Susan has been missing since the first week of December, and family and friends don't want people to forget about her.

E-mail: syi@ksl.com

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