Nancy Grace said Monday that newly revealed evidence in Susan Powell’s disappearance should have been enough to charge her husband with murder or, at the very least, keep him away from their children.
“I’m just sick about it,” Grace said on ABC’s “Good Morning America”. “The parents and the sister told me that they begged the judge not to give visitation.”
Josh Powell killed himself and his two sons in a house explosion in February during what was supposed to be a court-ordered supervised visitation. Susan Powell was reported missing in December 2009, and Josh has been called a person of interest in that case.
Court documents unsealed Friday show that, among other things, police found Susan’s blood in the family’s Utah home, that her phone was in Josh’s car and that he made several ominous comments to friends about how to dispose of a body without being caught. Local prosecutors in Pierce County, Washington told reporters they would have charged him with murder based on the evidence laid out in the documents, but authorities in West Valley City, Utah were handling that investigation.
A spokesman for the police department there reportedly declined to address specific questions about the case Friday, citing the need to avoid compromising their ongoing investigation.
“The fact that the West Valley City police say they don’t want to disturb the integrity of the investigation, what integrity?” Grace asked. “They’re calling it a missing person. Hey, she’s dead. She was murdered.”
Grace suggested that police could have taken Powell into custody for obstruction of justice the first time they saw him on Dec. 7, 2009. According to search warrant affidavits, when Powell came home after learning Susan was reported missing, he told a detective that he did not answer calls earlier because his phone was turned off to preserve of battery power, but the detective saw his phone sitting in his vehicle plugged in to a cigarette lighter charger.
“They could have arrested him for lying to cops and soften him up behind bars and find the body. Those children could be alive today,” Grace said.