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UPDATED: Stained comforter, kids’ toys and clothes found in Powell storage unit

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm with 12 Comments »
February 10, 2012 2:22 pm

Pierce County sheriff’s investigators found a comforter stained with blood inside a storage unit rented by Josh Powell but further tests are needed to know what kind of blood it is and who it belonged to.

“None of that can be answered with what we’ve done (so far),” Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The stain on the gray-blue-pink comforter had some properties of blood. It’s been turned over to West Valley City police.

“They will determine if it is relative to their case,” Troyer said.

Investigators also found kids’ blocks, toys, clothes and picture frames in the storage unit, according to a search warrant returned this afternoon.

The kids items were given to the Cox family.

Pierce County sheriff’s detectives searched the Sumner storage unit Tuesday, two days after Powell lit his Graham-area rental home on fire, killing himself and his two sons, 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden.

The boys had gone to the home for a scheduled, supervised visit. After the boys went inside, Powell shut the door on the case worker who was to supervise the visit.

Detectives have been retracing Powell’s movements and conducting related searches in the days since. Powell went to the Sumner storage shed the day before the house fire, the search warrant states.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. ReadNLearn says:

    I’m beginning to suspect he might be guilty.

  2. fanciladi says:

    You mean you didn’t already…lol… I think this is making things clearer. I think he was afraid his kids would tell his secrets about their Mom…how selfish to take their lives…little boys who didn’t even get a chance…

  3. Regfool2 says:

    I feel sorry for the landlord who rented his/her (now destroyed) house to this guy.

  4. serendipity says:

    How about those Mariners?

  5. SandHills says:

    What kind of “Barney Fife” level law enforcement do they have back in Utah to have let such evidence (especially if it proves out to be Susan Powell’s blood) escape their investigation?

  6. fanciladi says:

    Right…didn’t even think of the landlord…that is too bad…..

  7. ReadNLearn says:

    Hey, the landlord entered into this knowing full well who he was.

  8. fanciladi says:

    True…the landlord knew who he was, but who could have guessed how much of a nut-case he was?

  9. Sandhills — it is rather convenient that they supposedly had evidence for more than a year (after waiting a year to look) and did nothing with it. Now, it shows up here, along with an ever-evolving account with all kinds of additional details that somehow “escaped” inclusion in the initial news reports.

    A story is being sold to us while it is still being crafted. We’ve been through this before but how many will remember the DC sniper case or the Brame case?

  10. Sroldguy says:

    powell quilt neighbor
    and the first link that comes up mentions a quilt the Salt Lake police took during a search of his house.
    I posted the link last night, but the post has gone away..

  11. supporter says:

    Is Josh Powell really dead? Is there a possibility he killed his boys, set the house on fire, escaped out the back and is now out of country?

  12. elderjustice2010 says:

    what did it take to get PC off their butts?

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