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The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A co-worker of Steve Powell says the father-in-law of Susan Powell planned to travel to Utah for a camping trip shortly before she disappeared in 2009, an attorney said Thursday.

Lawyer Anne Bremner said she has spoken to the co-worker in recent days and reviewed the statement the colleague sent to authorities. In the woman’s account, she says Steve Powell talked about leaving around Thanksgiving 2009 for a camping trip in Utah with his son, Josh Powell.

The co-worker thought the camping trip was odd. She saw Powell a week or two later and he reported that the trip was cold but fun.

Susan Powell was last seen on December 6 of that year. Josh Powell had said that he took a late-night camping trip in Utah with his two boys on the night Susan Powell disappeared.

Nobody has ever been named as a suspect her disappearance. Josh Powell killed himself and the couple’s two young children in a fiery home inferno earlier this year.

Bremner, who represents Susan Powell’s parents Chuck and Judy Cox, said she herself has never really believed Steve Powell was involved in Susan Powell’s disappearance, but is now reassessing her perceptions of the case.