Grandfather Relieved Josh Powell Won’t Be Buried with Slain Sons


Makeshift memorials surround the Washington state home of Josh Powell who took his own life and the lives of his young sons, Charlie and Brayden. Wife and mother, Susan Cox Powell, disappeared in Utah under suspicious circumstances in 2009.

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From Miguel Marquez, CNN

At least one family member said he is relieved that Josh Powell, the Washington man accused of killing himself and his children in a fiery murder-suicide, will not be buried near his two slain sons.

Authorities say Powell snatched the children from a social worker delivering them for a supervised visit, locked the doors and hacked them with a hatchet before an explosion engulfed his home on February 5.

The gas-fueled blast killed Powell and his sons, Charles, 7, and Braden, 5, a grisly end to a story that started with the 2009 disappearance of the boys’ mother.

Early this week some were outraged when it was learned that Powell may be buried with his sons.

In an attempt to block the move, Crime Stoppers and the local sheriff bought the plots on both sides of where the boys are buried, according to CNN affiliate KOMO-TV.

But on Thursday, Terri Powell, Josh Powell’s mother, said he would not be buried with the young sons.

Charles Cox, the boys’ maternal grandfather, said he was “relieved’ by the news. Cox said he was confident some day he would hear good news about the whereabouts the body of his daughter, Susan Cox-Powell.

Cox-Powell, the boys’ mother, has been missing since 2009 and Powell had been a suspect in that case. While she has not been found, Cox has suggested that he is certain she is dead.

“I have no doubt that she will be found,” Cox said.

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