Investigators looking at rental car in missing mom case

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Police say they want to question the husband of a missing Utah woman about a car he allegedly rented that was driven hundreds of miles following his wife’s disappearance. Susan Powell was last seen on Dec. 7. Her husband, Josh Powell, says she was at home when he left about 12:30 a.m. that day to go winter camping on the Pony Express trail west of Salt Lake City with their sons, ages 4 and 2, in freezing temperatures. Susan Powell was reported missing the same day when she failed to show up for her job as stockbroker for Wells Fargo Bank and her children were not dropped off at day care. Police said the case is still a missing persons investigation, but have twice searched the family home and a minivan and have labeled Josh Powell a “person of interest.” Police have not said what, if anything, has been taken from the Powell home or van. West Valley City Police Capt. Tom McLachlan told The Deseret News Joshua Powell rented the car during the 24-hour period his van was in police custody. That was two days after his wife was reported missing. McLachlan said it appears the car was driven hundreds of miles, but it’s not clear where it was taken. Scott Williams, Josh Powell’s attorney, told The Associated Press Tuesday he has no information about the rental car. Josh Powell traveled to Washington state over the weekend with the children to be with family for the Christmas holiday, Williams gas said. McLachlan did not immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press Tuesday. McLachlan has said Josh Powell has provided them with only vague information about his camping trip, but also said the 4-year-old boy did confirm the outing in an interview with police. According to Williams, Josh Powell has answered all police questions. He also said Josh Powell has provided police with a DNA sample.

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