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Washington Arson Deaths
Mon February 6, 2012
Police Say Father Killed Two Sons And Himself In Fire
GRAHAM, Wash. – Police are investigating what they say is an intentional murder-suicide connected to a high-profile missing person’s case. It happened near Graham, Washington Sunday. The suspect, Josh Powell, and his two young sons were found dead in their home after a blaze.
Josh Powell was under investigation for his wife’s disappearance in Utah in 2009. He didn’t have full custody of his children, two boys ages 5 and 7. On Sunday, a social worker brought them to his home for a visit. After they arrived, police say Powell pulled only his children in and locked the social worker out. Within minutes, the house was up in flames, according to Ed Troyer from the Pierce County sheriff’s department.
“It was just a very well lit fire with lots of accelerants. The house caught on fire and immediately engulfed the whole house quickly. So everything that happened was intentional. This is a double murder-suicide,” Troyer said.
Powell’s lawyer in his custody case said he got an email from Powell just minutes before the fire. According to his lawyer, the short message had only three words, “I’m sorry, goodbye.”
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