New York, NY – On Thursday evening, the father of missing woman Susan Powell spoke out about the recent allegations of Steve Powell – Susan’s father-in-law – who claims he had a sexual relationship with her.
Carlos Diaz, guest hosting for HLN’s ‘Issues With Jane Velez-Mitchell,’ asked Susan’s father, Chuck Cox, about Steve’s claims about his daughter.
“There’s no way this is true. This is a clear attack upon my daughter,” Cox said. He said his initial reaction to Steve’s claims was disbelief.
“I couldn’t believe that Steve Powell would be making these type of allegations…” he said. “Susan is not here to protect herself or to deny them. He knows that. This is the one person he can attack who can’t defend herself.”
Diaz noted that on Tuesday, Susan’s good friend Kirsi Hellewell, told him the same thing, noting that Susan and her husband Josh had moved to Utah to get away from Steve. Hellewell also claimed that a few years after the move he sent Susan a packet of photos of her favorite actor and as she flipped through them, she discovered additional pictures of nude men.
“Chuck, do you believe Steve Powell had anything to do with your daughter’s disappearance?” Diaz asked.
“I don’t know… I know Josh knows more than he’s saying,” Cox answered. “Steve and Josh were very close. I think that Josh may have shared some information with Steve Powell. I don’t know if he had any involvement directly.”
Diaz also mentioned a restraining order Josh recently obtained against Cox, which called his behavior aggressive.
“It’s aggressive behavior is I want to hold my grandchildren,” Cox explained. “I asked to see my grandchildren, and they keep me from doing that… basically the last time I asked to talk with the kids… he said, no, I couldn’t give my grandchildren a hug…”
Diaz also mentioned the theory, asserted by Steve, that Susan vanished because she was taken from a Christmas party.
“Boy I never heard that one,” said Cox. “Taken from a Christmas party… I never heard that at all. [The] Last person to see her was Joshua Powell. He claims that she was getting ready for bed about 12:00 or 12:30 when he decided to take off on his camping trip. So, no, I never heard that.”
Diaz also noted that Steve admitted writing songs about his daughter-in-law, Susan, one of them being the song, ‘You were My First Love,’ which Steve has said publicly was inspired by a photo of Susan and one of her newborn sons.
Cox said he wants to know what type of contact Steve and Josh had with Susan just prior to her disappearance. He also addressed the comments by Josh and his father that Susan had a troubled childhood.
“Susan’s mother and Josh didn’t get along because she didn’t like the way he treated her… She was never abused as a child,” said Cox. “…And as far as being emotional or… upset, the only person she [Susan] ever got upset with was Josh, like when he wouldn’t let her buy socks or shoes for the boys. Or when he wouldn’t let her buy food for the family.”
He added, “…The only person she got upset with was Josh himself. She would stand up to him and he did not like that.”
Josh, the only person of interest in her disappearance, also disputes his father Steve’s claims that Susan was “very sexual” with him.
According to Josh, the December 2009 night his wife vanished he and his two young sons – ages 2 and 4 at the time – were on a camping trip in freezing cold temperatures in the remote Tooele County, Ut. desert area at around midnight. He claims they slept in a minivan and that when they returned home the next day, Susan, 28, was gone.
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Powell rented a car two days later and drove hundreds of miles in the vehicle – offering no viable no explanation to police. Only a month later, Powell packed up his children and moved from his Utah home to the Puyallup, Washington area.
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On Thursday, dozens of investigators and forensics experts searched the Puyallup, Wash. home of Josh and his father Steve in connection with Susan’s case.
Anyone with information regarding Susan Powell’s whereabouts or her disappearance is urged to call the West Valley City Police Dept. at 801-840-4000.
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