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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 |
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.

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