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At first, Powell's entire family—husband Joshua Powell and children ages 4 and 2—were reported missing on December 7, 2009, by family members. Joshua Powell came back home around 5:00 pm on December 7 with both of the children. He had said that he left his wife, Susan Powell, at home around 12:30 am on December 7, to take the children on a camping trip. Susan never showed up at her job at Wells Fargo Financial on December 7. Her purse, cell phone, and car all were all found at her home in West Valley City, a suburb of Salt Lake City. “Soon after her disappearance, her husband, Josh, took their young children and moved to Graham, Washington, to the home of his father, Steven Powell.” “Josh was already a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, and he had a lawyer, so why was he allowed to leave the state? And why was his demonstration of a total lack of concern for his missing spouse not sufficient reason to remove the children from his care?” “But still, more than a year and a half later, Josh maintained control of the children. In August 2011, Susan’s boys were living with their father and grandfather, even though there was an ongoing murder investigation and Josh was the only suspect.” “Fellow Forbes blogger Susan Murphy Milano was disturbed by this custody arrangement and wrote, in a prescient blog post: “Each day those two young boys are with those men holds the uncertainty it may be their last…. A murder suspect, the only suspect, should never be allowed to care for the kids until the matter is resolved.”” In September 2011, Steven Powell, Josh’s Father, was arrested and charged with voyeurism and child pornography for videotapes he took of younger girls without them knowing. You’d be surprised to find that in the footage were images Susan, his missing daughter - in - law. Did Steven have some sort of obsession with her? If so, could he have been involved

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