josh-powell.jpgJust recently the husband of a missing woman, Susan Powell from Utah, lost a custody battle of their two children, ages 5 and 7. Susan’s Mother and Father were given custody and Josh Powell was ordered by the courts to undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation which police say he was very upset about. Josh had lost custody of the children after thousands of pictures and videos was found on Josh’s father, Steven Powell’s computer. Josh had moved with the children to Washington from Utah to live with his father.

According to CNN, a case worker was dropping the children off at Powell’s residence for a supervised visit. Somehow, Josh managed to pull the kids inside once they got close to the door and kept the case worker from entering his home, in Graham, Washington.. The case worker called for help especially after she reported something similar to the smell of gas and before anyone else could arrive, the house exploded.

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The L.A. Times is reporting that fire officials found the bodies of an adult and two children which they are assuming to be that of Josh Powell and his two sons.

An attorney for Josh Powell, Jeffrey Bassett, claims he received an email from Josh just minutes before the explosion saying, “I’m sorry, goodbye.”

Bassett says that the email arrived at 12:05 p.m. Sunday but unfortunately it was two hours later before he saw it when someone told him about the explosion.

West Valley City Police Chief, Buzz Nielson said that detectives will be heading to Washington tonight and he will be going there tomorrow. So far according to Nielson, the case of the missing woman is so far mostly circumstantial but there were making progress in the case. He personally does believe that Josh killed his wife. He also said that they are going to try to get a judge to release information on Susan Cox Powell since Josh is now dead.

susan-powell-2.jpgAs of right now Josh Powell was the only person of interest in the disappearance of his wife, Susan Cox Powell, who disappeared in December 2009. Josh told the police he had taken the boys on a midnight camping trip with freezing temperatures and when he came home the next day his wife was gone. Later claims were that she left him and the kids for another man but there has never been any proof of that.

Kirk Graves, Josh Powell’s brother in law said he and his wife were shocked when they heard of the explosion. “It’s a complete shock,” said Graves. “We never contemplated the idea he would do something like this. You just don’t expect it from a father.”

He also added that he and his wife both think Josh set off the explosion on purpose in order to kill himself along with the two boys. “His world was falling apart around him and he was going to lose his boys and get arrested for Susan’s disappearance,” said Graves. “He’s a narcissist and he has no love for anyone but himself.”

This is indeed a sad case. Thos two boys got caught in the middle of a terrible situation and now through no fault of their own, they have lost their life now because of it. Will this effect the ongoing investigation of the disappearance of Susan? Well I guess we will just have to wait and find out. I sure wish they could find her body if she is dead, so her family can get some closure in this. I can’t even imagine what they are going through now. My thoughts and prayers are with them all. May God be with them.

Jan Barrett

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