From The MSNBC.com on the Further Tragedy of Susan Powell’s Son
Updated at 6 p.m. ET: GRAHAM, Wash. — A lawyer for Josh Powell says he received a three-word email from his client just minutes before Powell and his two boys died in a house explosion. It said, “I’m sorry, goodbye.”
Attorney Jeffrey Bassett told the Associated Press the email arrived at 12:05 p.m. Sunday, but he didn’t see it until two hours later, when others informed him of the blast.
Original post: An explosion at the home of Josh Powell, the husband of a missing Utah woman, killed him and their two young sons shortly after the boys were dropped off by a social worker, officials said Sunday.
Powell let the boys in the house, then blocked the social worker from entering, said Graham Fire and Rescue Chief Gary Franz.
The social worker called her supervisors to report that she could smell gas, and the home exploded.
Josh Powell leaves a courtroom on Sept. 28 in Tacoma, Wash., after a judge awarded temporary custody of Powell’s two sons to Susan Powell’s parents.
“Everything we know right now, this has become a crime scene,” Franz said.
Powell was under investigation in the disappearance of his 28-year-old wife, Susan Powell, from their home in West Valley City, Utah, in December 2009. He claimed he had taken the boys on a midnight excursion in freezing temperatures when she vanished.
The case took a bizarre turn last year after Powell’s father, Steve, was arrested for investigation of voyeurism and possessing child pornography. Josh Powell was living at his father’s home at the time, and a judge gave Susan Powell’s parents custody of the boys.
View images of the explosion at NBC affiliate King5.com Last week, a judge ruled that the children of missing Utah mother Susan Powell must remain in the custody of her parents, and that they would remain with the grandparents unless their father agreed to undergo psycho-sexual evaluation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.