I was at a loss for words on the news that the children of missing Utah woman Susan Powell were murdered by their father Josh Powell.
Sunday, Josh Powell prevented a contract worker charged with monitoring a visit with his children from entering his home and then caused an explosion that killed himself and his two young sons, Charlie and Braiden Powell.
Josh Powell had been considered a person of interest in his wife's disappearance in 2009 when he stated that she went to bed at their home while he left to go camping with his kids (then ages two and four).
Camping at 11 pm on a Sunday night.
With two small children.
In December, with temperatures outside below freezing.
Wow, those kids deserved better.
I did want to repost this video from an interview with Josh Powell that was conducted by a local Utah television reporter shortly after his wife was reported missing.
This was before he stopped talking to anyone about his missing wife--and relevant considering it is always interesting to see a person talk before they have had time to think about responses.
It is unknown if there will be any new developments based on the children's deaths.
My previous posts on Susan Powell are here.
Also, reader "Diana" who blogs at In the Heart of Kansas reminded me of a current missing persons case from Anchorage, Alaska that was in the national news this weekend.
Last Wednesday, the surveillance system at a coffee stand appeared to show the one employee working that night, Samantha Koenig, was abducted by an armed man dressed in a dark hooded sweatshirt.
Ms. Koenig has not been seen since.
Photo Credit: Anchorage Police Department
I did see that online readers of Ms. Koenig's case were being highly critical of authorities for not releasing the video footage to the public.
They argue that someone may recognize the suspect, no matter how bad the quality is, and it should be made available immediately.
Having been on the law enforcement side of investigations, all I can say is: let the police do their jobs.
If they have not released the video to the public, then there is a very good reason behind that decision--police obviously feel that the abducted woman's safety would be further compromised by allowing everyone to see the tape right now.
It is important to remember that law enforcement has more information on these cases than myself or any citizen will ever know.
My prayers are with the Powell family and for Ms. Koenig's safe return, and thank you to Diana for the post suggestion.