Private investigators with cadaver dogs will search the former home of Susan Powell’s father-in-law, an attorney for the long-missing woman’s family said Tuesday.
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.
His father, Steven 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. Seattle attorney Anne Bremner won a $2 million judgment on behalf of the girls and said the girls’ family bought the home at auction.
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 (Steven Powell) no longer owns it.”
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Susan Powell’s parents, Charles and Judy Cox of Puyallup, have not given up their search for her. However, after five years of looking, they are planning to declare her dead in December.
“Chuck has been very anxious to get in that house and make sure there’s a thorough search for her body,” the attorney said.
During the initial investigation, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department searched the Puyallup home. It has never before been searched by cadaver dogs.
Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said county detectives would be ready to help the private search in any way necessary.
KIRO TV contributed to this report.