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Susan Powell's Dad Asks, 'Why Didn't You Arrest Him?'

KOMO/ABC News(SEATTLE, Wash.) -- Court documents related to the disappearance of Susan Powell show police had "everything but a body" to build a case against Powell's husband, leaving the woman's father to question why Josh Powell was still free last month, when he killed himself and his two sons.

"When I heard them [the new evidence], it was like, well, why didn't you arrest him already?" said Chuck Cox, Susan Powell's father. "Had he been to jail, my grandchildren would still be alive."

Josh Powell, who had been the primary person of interest in the case almost from the time his wife went missing in December 2009, set off an explosion in his Graham, Wash., rental home last month, moments after a Child Protective Services worker had dropped off his sons, Braden, 5, and Charles, 7, for a supervised visit.

The explosion, seconds after Powell pulled the boys inside the house and locked out the social worker, killed him and his boys.

Powell had moved back to Washington from Utah after his wife's disappearance, initially to live with his father, Steven Powell. He moved out of his father's house after the older man was charged with voyeurism and child pornography.

The newly released documents show that investigators had a lot of evidence linking Josh Powell to his wife's disappearance, according to a Washington State prosecutor who handled the charges against Steven Powell.

According to the documents, the last time Susan Powell was seen alive, a friend had been at her house, and told police that Susan suddenly "became tired after eating a meal that was prepared by her husband."

Susan then went to bed, and was never seen again.

The documents reveal that Susan's blood had been found on what had appeared to be a spot on the floor next to a sofa where Josh Powell had set up two fans.

Detectives also found a letter Susan had left in a secret safety deposit box in which she said 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," KOMO-TV and The Associated Press reported.

After Susan Powell disappeared, her husband emptied her IRA accounts, KOMO reported.

The new documents say that Josh once bragged to a friend about "how to kill someone, dispose of a body and not get caught."

Cox, Susan Powell's father, said that he had wanted to protect his grandchildren, but now that they're gone, he just wants to find his daughter.

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Susan Powell's Dad: Child Porn Charges Prove Steven Powell a Liar

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Missing Utah mother Susan Powell's father Chuck Cox said the child pornography charges filed against her father-in-law make it clear that Steven Powell's claims that the young woman was "very sexual" with him were lies.

"I do think it vindicates my daughter, and what we've said about her and it clearly shows that he had motive to detract from her reputation," Cox said Saturday on Good Morning America.

Susan Powell's husband, Josh Powell, is the lone person of interest in the woman's December 2009 disappearance, and the case has created a bitter rift between the two families.

Cox's statements Saturday came as it was announced that Susan Powell's two sons were in foster care Saturday morning after their grandfather, Steven Powell, was arraigned Friday on child pornography charges. He pleaded not guilty.

Josh Powell and the couple's two children had been living with Steven Powell for several months.

"I am hoping they will keep my nephews out of that house," Susan Powell's sister, Denise Cox, said Friday outside the arraignment hearing.

Steven Powell, 61, is charged with using a telephoto lens to take photos of two girls, ages 8 and 10, in the bathroom of a neighboring house.

The photos are among thousands he is accused of secretly taking, including shots of women's buttocks and breasts, that police found in his home, according to the charges filed against him.

Powell, who arrived in court in an orange jumpsuit for his first appearance before a judge, is being held on $200,000 bail.

Susan Powell was among the females photographed, prosecutors said.

"There are photos of girls in bathtubs and showers, using the toilet, taking baths," said Ed Troyer, a police officer at the Pierce County, Wash., Sheriff's Department.

Powell was arrested Thursday night by Pierce County sheriff's officers on 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of possessing child pornography after police raided his home in August and found thousands of images and videos of women and girls.

Prosecutors told a judge Friday that the charges represent just the beginning of what was found in the files taken from the home, and that Powell had been taking photos and videos for at least 10 years.

Steven's estranged daughter Jennifer Graves said she was not surprised by the disturbing discovery.

"I think it's despicable. I've known for a long time that my Dad had issues. Now we're learning Josh Powell is not the only person of interest in his wife's disappearance though police will not say who that other person is," Graves said.

Susan's family has said Steven Powell initiated unwanted sexual advances towards her. But in a recent interview with ABC News, Steven Powell denied any wrongdoing. When asked if he had anything to do with Susan's disappearance, he said, "I had nothing to do with it."

Steven Powell claimed that he and his daughter-in-law had a relationship that was "beyond the pale, you know, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, flirting, maybe some sexual touching or whatever."

"Susan was very sexual with me," he said. We interacted in a lot of sexual ways because Susan enjoys doing that."

Steven Powell said he had started falling love with his daughter-in-law and that the feelings were mutual.

"Really, I'm 30 years older than she is," he said. "I said, 'Well Josh, it was Susan that came on to me.' As he thought about it, and the next few months he started watching Susan more carefully, it became clear that that's how she interacted with the opposite sex."

Josh Powell denied any type of sexual relationship between his father and his wife, but admitted that his wife was a very sexual person.

Investigators wrapped up a 12-day search of the Utah desert Friday, not far from where Josh Powell says he took the couple's two sons on a midnight camping trip in December 2009, the night before Susan was reported missing.

Denise Cox said she thinks Steven Powell is hiding something.

When asked by a reporter if she believes Steven Powell had anything to do with her sister's disappearance, she said, "Yes, yes I do."

Another hearing on the custody of the Powell boys is scheduled for Wednesday.

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Family of Missing Utah Mother Susan Powell Fights Back Against Husband's Accusations

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Harsh words from the husband of missing Utah mother Susan Powell has her family seething and adamant that she was not mentally ill when she disappeared nearly a year ago.

"It's blatantly untrue," Susan Powell's father, Chuck Cox, told ABC's Good Morning America Monday. "It's obviously a self-serving statement. It's untrue, it's all untrue."

Joshua Powell blasted his missing wife and her family in an interview this weekend with the Salt Lake Tribune. He called Susan Powell "extremely unstable" and blamed her family for keeping her in hiding and causing her to leave in the first place.

"She can't come back with them treating her this way," Joshua Powell said. "They want her to be perfect, a saint with no fallibility."

Joshua Powell's sister, Jennifer Graves, said she found her brother's claims that his wife was mentally ill to be ironic.

"In the Powell family, my family, we're the ones with the mental illness, documented," she said, noting that her and Joshua Powell's brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia. "I never saw Susan display symptoms," she said.

Graves, who is estranged from her own family but was close with Susan Powell and the couple's two children, has long maintained that she believes her brother had something to do with his wife's disappearance.

Although Powell is the only person of interest in the case, he said he has been unfairly scrutinized and predicted his wife would be next when she returns.

"She knows she will be chewed up like hamburger when she comes back," he told the Salt Lake Tribune.

And he stuck by his story that his wife disappeared Dec. 6, 2009, while he was out with their young sons on a middle-of-the-night camping trip in the woods during heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

Cox said that, after nearly a year, relatives are preparing themselves for the day his daughter's body might be found, but "we have the hope that she's still alive."

Loved ones get weekly updates from investigators who tell them they are still tracking down leads.

"They tell us the case is progressing," he said.´╗┐

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