- Josh and his boys don't return until tuesday (some reports monday). They have been gone from the house over 24 hours. (or 17 hours)
- Josh rents car which he drives 400 miles
- Father Steven Powell, also person of interest, takes off 2 sick days Dec 8 and 9, possibly to meet Josh
- Salt Lake Tribune posts article that police are looking for Susan Powell
- Joshua Powell left the police station and rented a Ford Focus from Hertz Rental car at the Salt Lake International Airport on December 08 2009 at about 10:30 PM.
- On the day Steven Powell took time off work, Tuesday, Dec. 8, Josh Powell surrendered his cellphone and his minivan to police for examination. He then rented a Ford Focus at the Salt Lake City International Airport at 10:30 p.m in warrant released end of march 2012.
Salt Lake Tribune Steve Powell was absent from his Washington state job on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, 2009, his former employer confirmed Tuesday. The days coincide with the period that his son Josh Powell, Susan's husband, rented a Ford Focus from the Salt Lake International Airport ...
Some reports say he returned on Tuesday 8th, not monday
law.rightpundits.com/?p=1035Dec 15, 2009
On December 8th, Josh Powell returned home with the couple's children but Susan Powell remained missing ...
On December 8th, Josh Powell returned home with the couple’s children but Susan Powellremained missing. Josh Powell stated that he took his two young children, aged 4 and 2, in Utah’s West Desert during the time that Susan would have gone missing. Police have been unable to verify this trip, and the campsite which Powell claims to have visited showed no signs of campers due to recent snowstorms.
According to a local Newspaper: Lake City
Josh Powell told the Deseret News he last saw his wife about midnight Sunday at their home. He said that was when he decided to leave the house and take his two sons, ages 2 and 4, camping “down south.”
Powell claims that he didn’t know that his wife was missing until he received a call from a telling him that the police were looking for him. He then cancelled an interview with Police after retaining a defense attorney.
Hellewell says she immediately was apprehensive about Josh's tale — that Susan had vanished while he and the boys were on a camping trip. "He came back without Susan and claimed to not know where she was. When I heard his ridiculous stories that he supposedly woke his children up at midnight Sunday night, took them out of their warm beds and went camping in the desert in a snowstorm, I just knew that was a total lie," Hellewell says. "Susan would have never allowed that to happen. She put her boys' safety above everything, and she would never let [Josh] do that. I knew that if he was claiming to have done that, he was either telling a complete lie or she was dead or incapacitated."
Date: December 8, 2009 Time: 11 a.m. Charles Cox received a telephone call from Joshua Powell, who informed him Susan was missing and that he was about to be interviewed by police again. He evidently doesn't even ask if Charles has any idea of where she went, as her parents would obviously (for anybody but Josh) be a place she would have gone if she decided to abandon the marriage.
Utah Mom's Disappearance 'Suspicious,' Police Say December 14, 2009
When his son-in-law called him about her disappearance, [Chuck] Cox said he sounded upset.
"He informed me that she was missing and he didn’t have any idea where she was," he told Fox Thursday. "His voice cracked, like he was choking back tears or something."
He said some of his son-in-law's story "didn't sound normal" to him — including his account of taking the boys camping while his wife stayed home in bed.
"I have no evidence that he was involved in anything," Cox said. "Police have looked in the house. Currently, they have no official persons of interest or suspects at this time. We don't know what happened."
http://www.sltrib.com/news/ci_13954018 West Valley City police looking for missing woman The Salt Lake Tribune Published December 8, 2009 7:10 pm. [This is first newspaper coverage of incident] Capt. Tom McLachlan said Susan and Joshua Powell and their kids were reported missing by family members Monday. Susan Powell's parents called police after not being able to find the family at home. They also checked with their employers and neither Susan nor Joshua Powell went to work Monday. Joshua Powell and his 4- and 1-year-old children returned to their home Tuesday, McLachlan said.
Date: "several days after the ordeal"
Burkholder says a [strip bar ]customer later recognized Powell on the news and called West Valley police. She says investigators showed up several days after the ordeal. "I wouldn't want the authorities finding out I was in a strip club the day after my wife came up missing," said former police officer and UtahDetective.com owner David Lundberg.