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Puyallup: Husband attends candlelight vigil held for missing woman

More than 60 people gathered Sunday night in South Hill for a candlelight vigil for Susan Powell, a Puyallup native who was reported missing earlier this month in Utah.

Powell, 28, moved from New Mexico to Puyallup when she was 10 and graduated from Rogers High School in 2000. She was reported missing on Dec. 7 when she didn’t show up for work in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City.

Friends, families and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came together outside the Ridgecrest buildings under tents and umbrellas. They held candles, sang and signed a poster of Susan.

“It is the wish of (Susan’s family) that tonight be a night of hope, a night of faith and a night of love,” family spokeswoman Shelby Gifford said.

Police have called her husband, Josh Powell, a person of interest and said he was not forthcoming in interviews with detectives.

Powell’s attorney, Scott Williams, said in a text message to The Associated Press on Sunday that his client went to his father’s house in Washington state for the holidays with his sons.

Susan Powell’s parents and siblings, who also live in Washington state, have said that they were saddened that Josh Powell had been named a person of interest, but not surprised.

Josh Powell attended the vigil Sunday night with one of his children.

In Utah, West Valley City police Capt. Tom McLachlan said Sunday that there are no restrictions on Josh Powell’s movements.

The News Tribune and The Associated Press

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