The Latest: Police: Death doesn’t change disappearance case
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on the death of Steven Powell (all times local):
A Utah police department says its investigation into a woman’s 2009 disappearance remains open but that the case is cold with all leads exhausted and the death of her father-in-law in Washington state doesn’t change the case’s status.
The West Valley City Police Department said Tuesday that Steven Powell’s death Monday at a Tacoma hospital doesn’t make it more likely or less likely that the disappearance case of Susan Powell will be solved.
Steven Powell was the father of Josh Powell, who police named as a person of interest in his wife’s presumed death in Utah.
Josh Powell moved to Washington state, where he killed himself and his two young sons in an explosive fire at their Pierce County home in 2012.
Steven Powell died a year after he completed a prison sentence for possession of child pornography found during a search of his home as part of the disappearance investigation.
Authorities in Washington state say the father-in-law of a Utah woman who went missing in 2009 has died.
The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said Steven Powell died Monday at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma, a year after he completed his prison sentence for possession of child pornography.
Steven Powell is the father of Josh Powell, who is believed to have killed his wife, Susan Powell, in Utah before moving to Washington state, where he killed himself and his two young sons in an explosive fire at their Pierce County home in 2012.
Investigators found the child pornography, consisted of images Steven Powell took of the neighbor girls in various states of undress, while searching his home as part of the investigation into Susan Powell’s disappearance.