A sheriff and his sergeant in Washington state have bought burial plots next to Josh Powell’s boys in order to block family members from burying him next to them, according to a media report Wednesday.
“The bottom line is, Josh Powell will not be near those two boys,” Pierce County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Troyer said in an interview with a Seattle-area radio program called the Ron and Don Show.
Josh Powell’s surviving relatives wanted him to buried at the same cemetery as the two sons he killed, the city manager in Puyallup said earlier Wednesday.image credit
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SEATTLE – A computer in Josh Powell’s former Utah apartment had images that showed incestuous parent-child sex, Pierce County authorities revealed, and according to a state official, a judge was prompted to order Powell to undergo a psychosexual evaluation just days before he killed his sons and committed suicide because of the image.
Ed Troyer, Pierce County Sheriff’s Detective, told The Associated Press on Thursday night that the images investigators collected in Utah two years ago were realistic computer-generated depictions of “incestuous” parent-child relations.
Police recovered the documents and images in West Valley, Utah, and sent them to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department under a restrictive court order on Feb. 1, reported NBC station KING 5. Senior director of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services Public Affairs Thomas Shapley says the material prompted the court to stop a process that likely could have returned Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, to the custody of their father.
Lawyer Steve Downing, attorney for Powell’s in-laws told the AP he wasn’t aware of the materials before a custody hearing last week. He said he might have told the court to change the terms of Powell’s visitation with the boys, had he seen the images.
While, the state social worker who brought Powell’s two sons to his house told ABC News she heard the father tell one of the sons he had a “surprise” for him.
She also heard Braden, 5, yell, but she said the child had hurt his foot she thought.
“The door slammed in my face,” said Griffin-Hall.
“I saw Josh for just one second, his eyes caught mine. He had a look in his eyes. If I were to describe it, it was friendly enough. It was just kind of sheepish. He shrugged his shoulders up.”
Authorities reported that Powell used a hatchet on his sons, and set the house on fire with him in it.
It was two years ago when in Utah, Powel’s wife took to thin air. When Josh was asked about the whereabouts of his wife, he maintained that he had taken his boys – then 2 and 4 – on a midnight camping trip in a freezing temperatures when she disappeared from their home.