Children placed with parents of missing Utah mom



TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The children of a Utah woman who’s been missing since late 2009 have been placed in the care of her parents.

Sherry Hill, a spokeswoman for the Washington state Children’s Administration, said Tuesday that the department’s legal counsel had confirmed in court that the 4- and 6-year-old sons of Susan and Josh Powell would remain with Susan’s parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, pending future court orders.

The boys had been living with Josh Powell and his father, Steve, in Puyallup. But the children were taken out of the home last week after Steve was arrested on charges of voyeurism and possessing child pornography.

Josh Powell is the only publicly identified person-of-interest in his wife’s disappearance. Susan Powell’s parents have asked for a court order granting them custody.