Search for Susan Powell expected at in-law's home

Tuesday , May 20, 2014 - 5:36 PM

Susan Cox Powell

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The Associated Press

SEATTLE — Private investigators with cadaver dogs will search a former home of Susan Powell’s father-in-law, an attorney for the long-missing woman’s family said Tuesday.

A date for the search of Steve Powell’s former Puyallup home has not been set, but it will happen in the next few weeks, Seattle attorney Ann Bremner said.

Josh Powell is believed to have killed his wife in Utah in 2009, and her body has never been found. Josh Powell then moved to Washington state, where he killed the couple’s boys and himself.

Father Steve Powell was forced to surrender his house during a court settlement after being convicted of taking videos of young neighbor girls undressing and using the bathroom. Bremner won a $2 million judgment on behalf of the girls and said the girl’s family bought the home at auction and will give Susan Powell’s family access to it. The home still has many of Steve Powell’s belongings that he hasn’t claimed.

Susan Powell’s relatives “have been given unfettered access to that house by the girls’ family,” Bremner said. “There is no longer a need for a search warrant for the house or contents as (Steve Powell) no longer owns it.”

Susan Powell’s parents, Charles and Judy Cox, have not given up their search for her. However, after five years of looking, they are planning to declare her dead in December.

During the initial investigation, the Pierce County Sheriff’s office searched the Puyallup home.

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