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Search warrant opening reveals details in Powell case

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm with 5 Comments »
March 30, 2012 4:12 pm


A witness told police that Josh Powell spoke of killing someone and disposing of a body, according to a search warrant unsealed this afternoon in the case of his father, Steven Powell.

The newly unsealed warrant also revealed that Charlie Powell, the couple’s son, said “my mom is dead” as early as January 3, 2009, shortly after Susan Cox Powell disappeared.

The warrant says Susan Cox Powell’s cell phone was found in Josh’s car after she disappeared and that he couldn’t explain why.

Detectives investigating her disappearance found blood on the floor in the couple’s Utah home and a tarp, shovel and gas can were found in Josh Powell’s car, according to the warrant.

The new information came to light after a judge ruled that a search warrant that led to Steven Powell’s arrest be unsealed.

Earlier, sources told KIRO 7 South Sound reporter Kevin McCarty the warrant would contain significant information relating to the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell, as well as Steven Powell’s criminal case. Follow his updates @KevinKIRO on

Read more on KIRO 7’s web site

Below is an unedited copy of the search warrant documents. It contains investigatory details some may find objectionable.

Leave a comment Comments → 5
  1. what is the matter with the prosecutor in utah? SLCity investigated case too. With all that evidence you don’t need a body!!! In my opinion everything from utah should be heavily scrutinized, I mean everything!!!

  2. PolarBear53 says:

    1.Were or have the victims in the of the video tape been notified?

    2.What was Steven Powell’s capacity with Washington State Department of corrections?

    3. Was the blood in the Utah home Josh or Susan’s?

  3. And this has exactly nothing to do with the grandfather living in Washington state. It does prove my contention that the stale hearsay evidence in it was used by a corrupt judge to unlawfully deny due process to Josh Powell, thus precipitating the murders of the children.

  4. interWOLFone says:

    @ PolarBear53… from what I’ve read from related articles, the blood found in the Powell’s Utah home has been identified as Susan’s.

  5. The police, prosecutors, and judges here are a joke. They don’t give a crap about civil rights. Joshua and his dad are evil and they deserve to be harassed by these clowns for sure but the innocent citizens of Pierce County are screwed too. Trust me, you can be accused of a serious crime, be arrested without probable cause, and without a warrant, have a solid alibi, have a totally clean record, and still have the prosecutor’s office file charges without reading the discovery, and try to get a conviction because they don’t like to be proven wrong. If you all think it is ok for them to go above the law to harass criminals just wait until you, or one of your family members get caught up in some bogus stuff. I used to have respect for the law around here but no more. Maybe the citizens of West Valley,Utah have more civil rights than we do. Just something to think about.

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