Father-in-Law Had 4.5K Secret Pics of Susan Powell

Authorities found photos, some of which are sexually suggestive

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 7, 2012 2:20 PM CST

(Newser) – Thousands of images seized from the home of Susan Powell's father-in-law show the missing Utah mother as she walks in public and sits in her car—apparently unaware that someone is taking her picture. The 4,500 photos, some of which are sexually suggestive, were obtained under public records laws yesterday by the AP, three years after Powell went missing. Authorities uncovered the files while serving a search warrant last year at the home where her husband, Josh Powell, and father-in-law, Steve Powell, were living. Josh Powell killed himself and the couple's two young children earlier this year.

Some of the images seized during the search, including those of bathing young girls who lived next door to Steve Powell, were used earlier this year to convict him of voyeurism charges. He was not charged with any crimes related to images of Susan Powell, but the files show she was often the focus of his lens. Some images zoom closely to Susan Powell's crotch or her backside, including a set of photos taken through blinds as she's bending over and doing laundry; in his diaries, he admitted, "I have never lusted for a woman as I have for Susan." An attorney who represents Susan Powell's parents said the images support the family's assertion that Steve Powell had an alarming attraction for her. The family believes he knows something about Susan Powell's disappearance, and authorities have described him as uncooperative.

This undated picture made available by Hardman Photography shows Susan Powell. The 28-year-old mother from the Salt Lake City area was reported missing on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.
This undated picture made available by Hardman Photography shows Susan Powell. The 28-year-old mother from the Salt Lake City area was reported missing on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hardman Photography, Amber Hardman)
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