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Police Found Blood, Note in Susan Powell Disappearance

But her husband was never charged
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 31, 2012 6:18 AM CDT
Police Found Blood, Note in Susan Powell Disappearance
In this Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, Josh Powell, husband of missing Utah woman Susan Cox Powell, walks to a court hearing in Tacoma, Wash.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

(Newser) – Based on newly revealed evidence from Susan Powell's disappearance in 2009, husband Josh—who killed himself and two sons by blowing up his house last month— should have been charged with her murder, says one prosecutor getting his first look at the case. Investigators in 2009 called Josh only a "person of interest," despite finding her blood in the family home and a note expressing fear of her husband, reports the AP. "There is direct evidence. There is circumstantial evidence. There is motive," says the prosecutor. "There is everything but the body."

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In Susan Powell's safety deposit box in Utah, she had a handwritten letter outlining the couple's marital problems and stating, "If Susan Powell dies it may not be an accident, even if it looks like one," according to documents released yesterday. Investigators also found her blood on the floor in the house, and fans had been set up to dry a freshly cleaned sofa nearby. Josh also took out $1.5 million in life insurance for Susan and had filed papers with the bank for her savings within 10 days of her disappearance. Investigators in Utah have not explained why Josh was not charged or named as a suspect. "This case began as a missing person case and remains as such," said a police spokesman in West Valley City, Utah. "But due to the suspicious nature ... murder and kidnapping have not been excluded." (Read more Josh Powell stories.)

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