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Mrs. Powell was reported missing Monday under what police were calling suspicious circumstances.

A prayer service attended by about 100 people was held for her on Saturday in West Valley City.

Authorities searched a desert area where her husband, Josh Powell, said he took the couple’s two young children, ages 2 and 4, camping last weekend in freezing conditions.

Mr. Powell returned Monday night, after police had already received a call from relatives who had not heard from the Powell family. He declined to answer questions from reporters Saturday.

From wire dispatches and staff reports