Graham, Wash. – One of missing woman Susan Powell’s sons drew a picture of her that showed her in the trunk of the family car, according to a family attorney. The information was released Monday, just a day after Josh Powell killed himself and the two boys in a massive home explosion and fire.
“Charlie drew a picture at school. You were supposed to draw a picture of something you had done during the summer. And he drew a picture of the family’s vehicle, with Dad driving the car, he and Braden in the backseat, and Mom was in the trunk,” lawyer Steve Downing told the Los Angeles Times.
He said the boys – who were living with Susan’s parents – had begun to speak about their mother and her disappearance.
“I think as the children were transitioned to the Cox home, they began to feel more comfortable. They began to feel safe. And I do think they opened up and began to share information that perhaps they had not been comfortable talking about before,” Downing added.
He continued, “This was not information that was encouraged or coached by the Coxes. It was spontaneous statements.”
Downing believes the children “began to remember things” as they became acquainted with cousins and friends they hadn’t seen for some time.
The Times notes that Susan’s father, Chuck Cox, later said it was the youngest child, Braden, who drew the image.
To see the witness photos of Josh Powell’s home in flames, click here.
On Sunday at around 12:45 p.m. PT, a case worker brought Josh’s sons – ages 5 and 7 – to his home for a supervised visitation. She claims that after they arrived he blocked the door and would not let her enter. The Child Protective Services employee immediately called her supervisors saying she could smell gas, at which time an explosion took place destroying the home. The case worker was not harmed.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner announced Monday that the two children – Charles, 7, and Braden, 5 – were killed with a small ax or hatchet and carbon monoxide poisoning before the home went up in flames.
Josh rented a home of his own in Aug. 2011, but was been denied custody of his sons. On Wednesday, a judge ordered him to undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Josh and Susan’s two sons have been in the custody of her parents, Chuck and Judy Cox.
Josh, the only person of interest in his wife’s disappearance, alleged that the December 2009 night his wife vanished, he and his two young sons – then ages 2 and 4 – were on a camping trip in freezing cold temperatures in the remote Tooele County, Ut. desert area at around midnight. He claims they slept in a minivan and when they returned home the next day, Susan, 28, was gone.
To see more photos of Susan, click here.
Josh rented a car two days later and drove hundreds of miles in the vehicle – offering no viable explanation to police. Only a month later, he packed up his children and moved from his Utah home to the Puyallup, Washington area, moving in with his father.
Josh’s father, Steve Powell, has pleaded guilty to 14 charges of voyeurism and one count of possession of child pornography and remains behind bars on $200,000 bail. Authorities allege Steve Powell had been surreptitiously filming women – including Susan – and also claim he took video of two young neighbor girls as they used the toilet and bathed. Josh was living with his father when the arrest took place.
To read the charging document against Steve Powell, click here.
To see photos regarding Susan’s case, click here.
Anyone with information regarding Susan Powell’s whereabouts or her disappearance is urged to call the West Valley City Police Dept. at 801-840-4000.
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