Puyallup, Wash. – Just a day or so after police searched his Puyallup, Wash. home, Steve Powell, the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, said many of the items authorities seized could be perceived as “embarrassing.”
After a nine hour search on Thursday, dozens of investigators and forensics experts collected a multitude of boxes and bags of evidence from the home Steve shares with his son – Susan’s husband Josh Powell – and the couple’s two young children.
Josh called the search “nasty” and a “complete and total abuse of power.”
According to Josh, the only person of interest in Susan’s disappearance, the December 2009 night his wife vanished he and his two young sons – ages 2 and 4 at the time – were on a camping trip in freezing cold temperatures in the remote Tooele County, Ut. desert area at around midnight. He claims they slept in a minivan and that when they returned home the next day, Susan, 28, was gone.
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Powell rented a car two days later and drove hundreds of miles in the vehicle – offering no viable no explanation to police. Only a month later, Powell packed up his children and moved from his Utah home to the Puyallup, Washington area.
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West Valley Police Lt. Bill Merritt told the Deseret News, “This is the biggest investigation that anybody in West Valley Police Department has ever seen and probably ever will see.”
Steve Powell told the Deseret News that during the exhaustive search, police seized items of his, including photos, journals and videos, which may prove to be “embarrassing.” He said, he wished he’d “removed some things from the house so they wouldn’t have been taken…”
In addition, Steve told the publication that he and Susan developed a relationship, which he intimated became sexual.
“There are definitely some things that were inappropriate for a married woman and her father-in-law,” he said. “Frankly, after a long period of time, a year or two of her approaching me and being the one that was really initiating things and trying to titillate me and get my attention… I became very interested in her.”
Merritt noted that Josh is the only person of interest in the case due to his failure to cooperate with authorities.
“He’s the only person we need to talk to,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding Susan Powell’s whereabouts or her disappearance is urged to call the West Valley City Police Dept. at 801-840-4000.
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