Cadaver Dogs to Search Home in Susan Powell Case

They'll search father-in-law's former home

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 21, 2014 9:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four and a half years after Susan Powell's disappearance in December 2009, cadaver dogs will search the home that used to belong to her father-in-law. Steven Powell was convicted of voyeurism in 2012 after taking photos of his neighbors' daughters; the neighbors got a $2 million judgment and acquired Steven Powell's home in Puyallup, Wash., as part of that judgment, NBC News reports. The neighbors befriended Susan Powell's parents, Chuck and Judy Cox, during Steven Powell's trial, their lawyer says, and now they've agreed to allow cadaver dogs to search their new house, which still holds Steven Powell's belongings. "There is no longer a need for a search warrant for the house or contents," says the lawyer, according to the AP.

"Chuck is like any parent would be—he doesn’t want to leave any stone unturned," the lawyer says, adding that the search will take place "in the next few weeks." Cadaver dogs also recently searched an Oregon property that was rented by Susan Powell's in-laws at the time of her disappearance, but no sign of Powell was found. Her husband, Josh, a person of interest in her disappearance, moved with their sons into his father's Puyallup house shortly after Susan's disappearance; but in 2012, after incestuous sexual images were found on his computer and he was ordered to get a psychological evaluation, he killed himself and the boys at a different Washington home where they had been living. Josh's brother also committed suicide a year later. Steven Powell, who was released from prison in the voyeurism case in March, had 4,500 secret pictures of his daughter-in-law in the Puyallup house.

This undated photo provided by Kiirsi Hellewell shows Susan Powell.
This undated photo provided by Kiirsi Hellewell shows Susan Powell.   (AP Photo/Kiirsi Hellewell)
In in this undated file photo provided by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Steven Powell, the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, is shown.
In in this undated file photo provided by the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, Steven Powell, the father-in-law of missing Utah woman Susan Powell, is shown.   (AP Photo/Pierce County Sheriff's Dept., File)
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