On Dec. 7, 2012, Utah police announced that Stephen Powell had thousands of photos stored on his home computer of his missing daughter-in-law, Susan Powell.
The images—totally over 4,000—included close-ups of Susan’s breasts and buttocks, according to ABC News. They were found during a search of the home Stephen shared with his son Josh Powell.
Stephen is currently behind bars for taking photos of two young girls without their knowledge, as they used the bathroom.
During his trial, prosecutors revealed Stephen had made various journal entries detailing sexual fantasies he had of Susan.
Josh, who had been the only person of interest in Susan’s disappearance, claimed that the December 2009 night his wife vanished, he and his two young sons – then ages 2 and 4 – were on a camping trip in freezing cold temperatures in the remote Tooele County, Ut. desert area at around midnight. He claims when they returned home the next day, Susan, 28, was gone.
View slideshow: Photos of Missing Utah Woman Susan Powell
Josh lost custody of his children in Sept. 2011 after his father, Stephen, whom he lived with in Washington at the time, was arrested on charges involving child pornography.
Josh subsequently rented a home of his own, but a court denied him custody of the boys on Feb. 1, 2012. He was ordered to undergo an “intensive psychosexual evaluation” due to “incestuous” images discovered on his computer.
On Feb. 5 a case worker brought Josh’s sons—Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5—to his home for a supervised visit. She said after they arrived and the boys entered the home, Josh blocked the door and would not let her enter, after which an explosion took place destroying the home.
View Slideshow: Witness Photos of Josh Powell’s Home in Flames after Massive Explosion
The medical examiner announced that before the fiery explosion, Josh attacked his two sons with a hatchet. All three were killed in the incident.
Neither Josh nor Stephen were charged regarding Susan’s disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding Susan Powell’s whereabouts or her disappearance is urged to call the West Valley City Police Dept. at 801-840-4000.
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