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Busy Parent Briefing: Josh Powell, Husband of Missing Utah Woman, and 2 Sons Killed in Explosion

The Powell family during happier times.

Breaking news out of Washington state…  Authorities are reporting Josh Powell, the husband of a missing Utah mom, and their two young sons are dead.

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting police believe an explosion and fire at the home of Josh Powell has killed him and his two children.

Police are still waiting for the Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the identity of the bodies but believe the adult and two young children found dead in the home are Josh Powell and his two young sons.

KOMO News reported the explosion took place at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday.  Flames were seen roaring through the Puyallup, Washington home.  As the Salt Lake Tribune reports, “a case worker had just dropped off Powell’s sons at the home for a supervised visit, the source said. Powell then shut the door on the caseworker and locked it.  The case worker then reported smelling gas fumes, and then an explosion ripped through the home.”

A fire chief tells CNN the fire was so bad they couldn’t enter the building and had to take a defensive stance.  He says they found the bodies of the two children fairly quickly and the body believed to be Josh Powell much later.  Images on CNN show a completely blackened home reduced to rubble.

You may remember, Powell lost custody of his sons after his father, with whom they lived, was arrested for possessing child porn.  A judge ordered the Powell’s sons, Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, stay with their grandparents, Susan’s parents, Chuck and Judy Cox.  Powell filed to have his son’s returned to his custody but a judge denied the request last week.

Josh Powell has always been the sole suspect in his wife’s December 2009 disappearance but has claimed he took the boys on a late-night camping trip in the below zero temperatures in the Utah desert and returned to find his wife gone.

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