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Police release frantic 911 call from social worker who was pleading for help in getting the Powell children out of the house.

Posted by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/07/district-attorney-missing-utah-mom-is-most-likely-dead/

Authorities have released 911 recordings that revealed a social worker's frantic attempts to alert authorities that Josh Powell had locked himself and his two young sons in his home moments before he set the house on fire, killing everyone inside.

The unidentified social worker can be heard saying she had just dropped off the boys and that a man grabbed them, and then wouldn't let her in the door.

Josh Powell was scheduled for a supervised visit with his sons Sunday. The recordings released by the Pierce County Sheriff's office Tuesday reveal that the social worker screamed "He exploded the house!" after the fiery blaze began.

Josh Powell and his sons, 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden, perished. Josh Powell had lost custody of them following their mother's 2000 disappearance in Utah.

As authorities try to determine what led him to take such a drastic measure, many questions remain about the status of the investigation into Susan Powell's 2009 disappearance and how close they were to bringing charges.

A Washington state search warrant obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request Tuesday showed that police were investigating three felonies in Utah: first-degree murder, kidnapping and obstructing a public servant.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill acknowledged for the first time that investigators believe Powell is likely dead, but he said in an interview with the AP that the case remains a missing persons probe for now.

Gill wouldn't discuss the evidence but said authorities didn't have enough information to file charges.

"I think when I talk about it as a missing persons case, that's because we haven't located the body of Susan Powell," Gill said. "Do we think that she may have met harm? Sure. I think that's been an ongoing assumption with law enforcement."

Investigators said Josh Powell withdrew $7,000 in cash from a bank the day before he killed himself and his two young sons in the house fire.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said detectives obtained Powell's bank records Monday, and on Tuesday they searched a storage unit he rented. It isn't clear what happened to the money.

Josh Powell claimed that on the night Susan Powell vanished, he took sons Charlie and Braden from their home in West Valley City, Utah, on a late-night camping trip. Authorities eventually searched the central Utah desert but found nothing.

Susan Powell's father said that when police went to the family home after she was reported missing, they found a wet spot in the house being dried by two fans. Police have not commented further on what they found.

When Utah authorities traveled to Washington following the blaze Sunday that killed 7-year-old Charlie and 5-year-old Braden, they didn't specifically address what the boys may have said.

West Valley, Utah, Police Chief Buzz Nielsen said authorities needed concrete evidence to move forward.

"When you charge on criminal cases, especially if it ends up being a homicide ... without a body, it's just more difficult. You have to have a stronger case to make those arguments in court," Nielsen said Monday.

"We have circumstantial evidence that I'm not allowed to talk about it," he said. "On a criminal case of this nature you've got one shot, beyond a reasonable doubt in court."

Last September, authorities got a warrant to search the home of Josh Powell's father, Steve. Josh Powell and his sons were living there at the time. The documents obtained by the AP did not specify a suspect.

In addition to the charges, the warrant listed Steve Powell's work laptop computer as well as cars that he used.

Authorities found explicit images on his computers during the search, and he was jailed on voyeurism and child porn charges. The boys were later sent to live with Susan Powell's parents.

Speaking to reporters Monday after the boys' deaths, their grandfather Charles Cox said the boys were emotionally distant when they first arrived at their home but recently had begun to open up.

That gave Charles Cox hope that someday they would be able say what happened to their mom.

The boys had not recently made more comments about what may have happened to their mother, Charles Cox said, though he related what Braden said nearly two years ago.

Cox said: "The four ladies that were supervising that activity said, `Well, what's this?' `That's us going camping.' `Who's in the car?' And Braden said, `That's Daddy, that's Charlie, that's me.' Then he said, `Well, mommy's in the trunk.'

"Well if Mommy's in the trunk, why is she in the trunk?' He didn't know, he didn't say, I guess. Then, he said we stopped somewhere and mommy and daddy got out and mommy didn't come back," Cox said.

Nielsen said despite the death of the young boys and Josh Powell, the probe would continue.

"Our case is not closed," the police chief said.

Lindquist, who is overseeing the voyeurism prosecution of Steve Powell but is not directly involved in the Susan Powell case, said it's clear to him that it's a homicide case.

"I don't think at this point I'm going to call this a missing person case," he said. "It's reasonable to call Josh Powell's decision to kill himself and his kids a confession to the murder of Susan Powell."

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alwayskk
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:08 AM
1 mom liked this

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mackQuin
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:09 AM


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 Nothing like this has ever happened before -- one of these supervised visits. I'm really shocked," she said in the 911 call, one of seven released this evening. "I can hear the kids crying but he still wouldn't let me in."

She told the 911 operator she wanted to move her car out of the driveway because she smelled gas coming from the house, and then asked for police to be sent to the home. But the 911 operator said officers only get sent to life-threatening situations.

"This could be life-threatening," she said. "He went to court on Wednesday and he didn't get his kids back. I'm afraid for their lives."

Moments later, with Powell's house engulfed in flames, she called back and told a 911 operator she believed he intentionally blew up the house, killing himself and his children.


OMG. :( That poor woman is going to haunted forever.

reese1206
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:10 AM
This whole story is Soooo heartbreaking
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KelliansMom
by Gold Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM
They talked about this on the today show this morning. Her husband says e is so upset over all of this :(. She got to know these kids :(. Such a sad story all around.
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mackQuin
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

 They were ignoring her pleas for help. I cannot believe they told her they only respond to life threatening situations first.

wtf.

mackQuin
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:13 AM

 

Quoting KelliansMom:

They talked about this on the today show this morning. Her husband says e is so upset over all of this :(. She got to know these kids :(. Such a sad story all around.

 yeah. she called 911 twice. the first time they were basically ignoring her and told her they only respond to life threatening situations first.

so i think she then called her supervisor and when the house blew up she called 911 back.

wtf. that poor woman! And then for the last few days people were actually blaming her.

So sad.

CanInTex
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:14 AM
I really feel for the social worker. She'll probably feel a lot of guilt for what happened.
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mackQuin
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:16 AM

 

Quoting CanInTex:

I really feel for the social worker. She'll probably feel a lot of guilt for what happened.

 I do to.

she tried to get them out. I am glad they released the calls. Hopefully people stop blaming her.

She called 911 twice. She tried to get them out by banging on the door and windows..

I still cannot believe they were ignoring her pleas for how urgent it was during the first call.

It also shows that the children were not that far ahead of her. She said that he cracked the door; the kids were a step in front of her and he looked at her and wouldn't let her in.

kayandjsmom
by on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM
I can't imagine how hard this is for her. Hearing them cry, trying her hardest to get the police there and then being blamed by some people :(
And I don't even want to think about the poor boys. It breaks my heart.
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KelliansMom
by Gold Member on Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:17 AM
My mom is a non state contracted social worker she knows how she feels I have no idea how my mom handles her cases and doesn't go crazy herself or get depressed. They have a really stressful hard job :( and a lot of times their hands our tied on things too. I really feel for the family and this women

Quoting mackQuin:

 


Quoting KelliansMom:

They talked about this on the today show this morning. Her husband says e is so upset over all of this :(. She got to know these kids :(. Such a sad story all around.

 yeah. she called 911 twice. the first time they were basically ignoring her and told her they only respond to life threatening situations first.


so i think she then called her supervisor and when the house blew up she called 911 back.


wtf. that poor woman! And then for the last few days people were actually blaming her.


So sad.

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