Steve Powell, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Steven Powell, the father-in-law of a long-missing Utah woman, has died in Washington. Susan Cox Powell’s family considered him the last, most-likely person to know what happened to her.
Powell, 67, died Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma.
Steven Powell’s son Josh — Susan’s husband — died with their two sons, 7-year-old Charles and 5-year-old Braden, in an explosive house fire in 2012. Authorities say the blast was a suicide.
Josh’s brother, Michael, committed suicide the following year.
All three men had come under the scrutiny of investigators after Susan Powell’s disappearance in 2009. She remains missing and is presumed dead.
Authorities seeking evidence in the disappearance searched Steven Powell’s home in 2011. Journals and piles of photos found during the investigation suggested that he had a sexual and emotional draw to his daughter-in-law.
They also found evidence that he used a telephoto lens to take photos of neighbor girls 8 and 9 from his bedroom window, which looked onto their bathroom. He was convicted of voyeurism, served 30 months in prison and was released a year ago.
“I hope maybe he left some notes behind about where Susan might be,” Chuck Cox, Susan Powell’s father, told The Salt Lake Tribune. “And it’s a sad thing that his family’s destroyed, and now he’s gone, too.”
The disappearance case remains open but has gone cold with all leads exhausted, authorities in Utah said Tuesday.
The death of Steven Powell doesn’t “make the case any more or less likely to be solved,” the West Valley City Police Department said.
Authorities named Josh Powell as a person of interest as details emerged regarding his dysfunctional marriage to Susan Powell.
The young mother wrote in her journal in 2008: “If I die, it may not be an accident even if it looks …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World