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Originally published February 6, 2012 at 7:52 AM | Page modified February 6, 2012 at 3:39 PM

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Powell children had talked of mother's disappearance

'Mommy was in the trunk' and then she disappeared, 7-year-old told grandparents.

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The two young boys who perished with their father in house fire he set on Sunday had begun talking to their grandparents about things they remembered from the night their mother vanished, a lawyer for the grandparents said Sunday.

"They were beginning to verbalize more," attorney Steve Downing told The Associated Press. Downing's clients, Chuck and Judy Cox, had custody of the children.

"The oldest boy talked about that they went camping and that Mommy was in the trunk. Mom and Dad got out of the car and Mom disappeared," Downing said.

The boy's father, Josh Powell, was long suspected but never charged in the death of his wife, Susan Powell, who vanished two years ago. Josh Powell told police he had gone camping with the boys in the hours before his wife's disappearance and knew nothing about her whereabouts — his steadfast alibi.

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