Information Released on Susan Powell

As more information is being released by authorities in the Susan Powell disappearance/homicide, the public is becoming less and less satisfied that her husband had not been arrested and that it was still only a  "missing person case"--now, soon to be officially classified as homicide investigation:

TACOMA, Wash. — Authorities investigating the 2009 disappearance of a Utah woman found her blood in the family home and a hand-written note in which she expressed fear about her husband and her potential demise, according to documents unsealed Friday...

The article describes statements by one of the missing mom's children that she is "dead", and an acquaintance of husband/suspect Josh Powell who told detectives that Josh had made comments about killing someone and disposing the body.



In addition to the blood found inside the home, documents show police observed that a couch had recently been cleaned and two fans were setup to blow the fabric dry.

It also includes comments critical of the West Valley City Police Department by family members, and a prosecutor and a police official in the Washington State hometown of Josh Powell who spoke against that investigating agency.

Other commentators, like Susan Murphy-Milano who writes for Forbes, condemned authorities.

I can only hope that law enforcement can learn from these events.

That officials will overcome tendencies of being territorial or embarrassed.

That they will offer improved training, and not be afraid to consult and share with other law enforcement agencies involving cases.

Certainly, the dumbest and most embarrassing question is the one not asked.

In the meantime, two young children and the prime suspect are now dead, and the search for Susan Powell continues--though they are now looking for a body, despite what the investigating agency's official classification is.

The location of which, is likely only known by persons deceased.




27 comments:

A Doc 2 Be said...

The worst part, if that can be stated, is not that the woman died which is beyond horrible, but that had the authorities done ANYTHING to protect those two young boys, they'd likely still be alive.

I shudder in sadness and disbelief.

Clarissa Draper said...

What a sad, horrible story. I hope the woman and the children get justice.

Sue said...

Makes me wonder a lot of things.

In light of another highly publicized homicide, I'm worried that law enforcement faces some uphill challenges regarding these cases due in part to widespread public backlash and the justice system as well as we need NEED unbiased jurors should a case come to trial.

I'm learning it is not wise to jump to conclusions based on what the media reports, as they have proven their own humanity in recent years and despite the "rules" tend to be prejudice before the record comes out.

Sue said...

That said, my heart goes out to both sides of their family. Four people are now gone. So sad.

Theresa Milstein said...

This is such a bizarre and tragic case. I hope law enforcement there learns from their mistakes too.

Maxi said...

…not be afraid to consult and share with other law enforcement agencies involving cases.

This may the reason many cases take so long to solve.

Good job, Slam. Blessings - Maxi

messymimi said...

Here, the case that made us pause was the murder-suicide in a family we knew right before last Thanksgiving.

The protection available for abused spouses, especially when it is the husband who is abused, is often abysmal.

Blond Duck said...

Aren't the cops supposed to question the husband first?

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

I just saw a piece on this on Good Morning America (because I can watch that this week since my children are away... their inquiring ears won't learn of the evils of the world:)) It's mystifying and disheartening to learn how badly this was apparently botched!

Pat Hatt said...

Yeah this is just pathetic, law enforcement needs to get over themselves and start consulting more. Who cares who gets the credit or any other crap like that, you are supposed to solve the case, not worry about ones ego. Too much time debating and not enough time doing is what it seems to be this day in age.

Matthew MacNish said...

You make some great points about what Law Enforcement has to do to get over these kinds of things.

SuziCate said...

This is a terribly sad case.

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
I wiould be amazed if this wound up AS ONLY a missing person's case.
It has too many earmarks (clues) of homicide to make it anything other than that.

Hope the authorities don't allow this to go THAT cold that nothing gets solved.

Good story.

Stay safe out there.

Miranda Hardy said...

That story always makes my heart ache. It's just sad.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Ugh, how frustrating! :-(

Beth Zimmerman said...

This whole story just breaks my heart! I agree with you ... I pray that law enforcement will learn to co-operate more. Otherwise we all pay too high a price!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Ugh. So terrible. It's been so long that i think it will be a miracle if they solve it at this point

Carol Kilgore said...

I never understood how the police could believe his initial story - that he took his two little kids camping at midnight in freezing weather. That should have rung all sorts of bells. It certainly rang mine.

Momma Fargo said...

The hole case stinks. Nothing good came out of anything and the two kiddos were the most innocent victims in a family tragedy. The police can't arrest if they don't have enough. I don't think I know enough to make a conclusion that they didn't do their job. Too much is never going to be open to the public. Just because a woman writes in a journal that if something happens to her it is her husband is not solid evidence for murder.

Ciara said...

These are always such sad and disturbing cases.

Anonymous said...

AFA the only ones who know where she is are dead... isnt Josh Powell's creepy father still around? Id put good money on him being heavily involved.

Jax said...

That's so sad! Too many people are dead and there are no answers. You're right about the only dumb question being the one that was never asked!

ladyfi said...

Such a terribly sad story.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

My heart leaped when I casually went to CNN the day after he killed his children and himself. It seemed so obvious from the get-go that he was involved (if for no other reason than due to his alibi of taking his boys' camping at midnight in the winter...) and it is so unbelievably sad that the boys didn't escape their mom's likely fate. What a tragic story. I have been scratching my head all week since I read that they did find blood.

Kell said...

I've followed this case for a while and it's heartbreaking. I was really hoping for justice, and peace for the children.. it's a shame how things turn out.

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

Those poor kids.

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

This still breaks my heart for those boys. That interview you posted before--that should have shown right off how guilty he was....

:(