susan-powell.jpgThe missing Utah mother, Susan Cox Powell has really been in the news lately. Now only is the coverage for her disappearance but it is also because of the activities going on in Susan’s family and her husband Josh Powell’s family.

First it was the actual disappearance of Susan. She was last seen on December 6, 2009. She just seems to have disappeared into thin air. Her husband claims that he took off with their then 2 and 4 year old sons in the middle of a winter snow storm to go camping in the late night but when he returned home the next day his wife was not home.

josh-powell.jpgJosh packed his and the kid’s belongings up about a month later and moved into his father’s home in Puyallup, Washington. A family feud started between, Susan’s father, Chuck, and Josh and his father, Steven Powell. Shouting matches between Chuck and Steven and Josh in public places began to become a problem, ending up in a judge issuing a restraining order forbidding Josh and Chuck to come within 500 feet of each other.

steven-powell.jpgNext Steven Powell was arrested and charged with voyeurism and child pornography after the police searched his home. Thousands of disturbing images of naked women and young girls were found on his computer that had been taken without their knowledge. Apparently Powell had even photographed his former neighbor’s daughters while they were bathing, changing clothes and using the toilet. Steven plead not guilty on the 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography and a $200,000 bond has been set for him. A judge said that in the case Powell is able to posts bail he is not to be around his grandsons.

As a result of the arrest, the two children, Charlie, now 6 and Braden who is now 4, were removed from the Powell home and placed in Foster care. Chuck and Judy Cox filed a motion requesting custody of the children yet Josh Powell claimed he was a good father and in the case his father posted bail, he would move out of the home.

There was a hearing held today and an attorney representing Child Protective Services told the court that Josh Powell was also under investigation on the same charges as his father but that was the only information he could give to the courts. Josh of course denies knowing anything about the pornography that his father had and claims that there was no clear and present danger his children there. He also denies knowing anything about his wife’s disappearance. He says, “I did not harm her, I did not have anything to do with her disappearance. I love my wife. I have looked for her in my own private way.”

In the meantime the search for Susan continues. Reports are that charred wood has been found that is thought to be used to burn human remains. So far nothing definite has been announced. I pray she will be found soon so this family can move on.

Thankfully though the judge didn’t seem to agree with Josh and he awarded Chuck and Judy Cox custody. Hopefully the family can help the two boys accept all this that has been going on in their lives. I am sure neither of them can fully understand why they keep being uprooted and sent to a different home. I pray for these two little boys. I trust that God will be watching over them and help them through all of this.

Jan Barrett

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