SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Susan Powell’s personal diary could soon go public.
Her father-in-law, Steve Powell said he has read those entries and plans to release excerpts to bolster their theory that Susan left with another man.
“Susan led a very troubled childhood where there was emotional abuse at her family's home,” said Steve Powell in an interview with ABC 4 News. “It affected her and her older sister."
Susan Powell disappeared in November 2009 and has never been found.
Her husband, Josh Powell remains a person of interest.
Steve Powell said he has been reading his daughter-in-law’s diary and it’s convinced him her troubled past affected their marriage.
"There's no doubt in my mind that that played a part,” he said from his "I was just not ready to accept that possibility (that she left with a man) even though I was very familiar with Susan and the way she interacted with me and with others of the opposite sex.
Steve Powell said that his son was aware of Susan’s emotional problems and claimed he witnessed it during their marriage.
"He was not willing to accept even the possibility that she ran off with another man," said Steve Powell.
Susan Powell’s father was upset over the idea that his daughter’s personal diary would be released to the public.
"We deny all allegations he made,” Chuck Cox told ABC 4 News. “They are just totally ridiculous and we're very disappointed and believe it’s unconscionable that he would first read those journals and then think he had the right to somehow to publish them."
There have been no signs of Susan Powell despite extensive searches in Utah’s west desert.
According to Susan's father, Josh remains high on the police radar.
"I don't know of them moving in any other direction,” Cox said. “The only focus of investigation is Josh Powell."
Susan's father says Josh needs to cooperate and help police.
Authorities interviewed Josh once but his father says his son didn't like the direction it was going.
“Josh basically ended the interview abruptly and said you guys are lying to me or you're coaching my sons and this interview is over,” Steve Powell said.
The family plans to release excerpts from Susan’s diary in the coming weeks.
They will post them on their website www.susanpowell.org