Recently released court documents revealed new evidence on the Susan Powell case stating that her own blood was found on a floor tile near the family’s sofa in their home. The Utah mother of two went missing in December 2009.
Susan Powell wrote the letter in which she said that Josh Powell, her husband, had “threatened to destroy her if they get divorced” and that if she were to die, “it may not be accident, even if it looks like one,” reported ABC News Seattle affiliate KOMO and The Associated Press. Some documents and the letter were placed inside a safe-deposit box.
The new evidence, tied to a criminal case involving Steve Powell, Josh Powell’s father, raised questions as to why Josh Powell was never charged in the disappearance of his wife.
According to KOMO, after Susan Powell disappeared, her husband emptied her IRA accounts.
“There is direct evidence. There is circumstantial evidence. There is motive,” Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said on Friday, according to KOMO. “There is everything but the body.”
Jurisdiction for the case against Steven Powell falls within Pierce County. Had the Susan Powell case happened in his jurisdiction, Lindquist said, he would have charged her husband with murder.
In February of this year, Josh Powell set off an explosion in his Graham, Wash., rental home moments after a Child Protective Services worker had dropped off his sons, Braden, 5, and Charles, 7, for a supervised visit. He had moved to Washington initially to live with his father.
The explosion, seconds after Powell pulled the boys inside the house and locked out the social worker, killed him and his boys.
The documents opened today pertained to a case against Steven Powell, who last September was arrested and charged with using a telephoto lens to take photos of two young girls in the bathroom of a neighboring house. There reportedly were thousands of photos, and Powell was charged with 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of child pornography.
According to the new documents, Steve Powell had taken photos of Susan Powell in secret, some in which she was fully clothed, others in which she wore only her underwear, one in which her legs were “slightly open, exposing her underwear.”