'Embarrassing' videos, journals taken from home, Steven Powell says

Josh Powell says he had 'nothing to do' with disappearance of his wife, Susan

Published: Friday, Aug. 26 2011 10:00 a.m. MDT

"The world is not that stupid. They know a lie when they hear it," he said, adding that he believes reading Steven Powell's journals would be "disgusting" and filled with "fantasies" he created.

The comments Friday were the latest barbs traded in the escalating verbal feud between Cox and the missing woman's husband and father-in-law.

Steven Powell's comments this week about having a relationship with Susan prompted Scott Burgen, who lives in the Powell neighborhood, to put a makeshift memorial for Susan Cox Powell on the edge of the Powells' corner lot property. Two pictures of Susan and a candle were placed on the lawn Friday along with a sign with the words, "Her blood cries out from the Earth for justice (for Susan)."

"The message here is to put the focus on her, put the pressure on them," Burgen said.

The neighbor used such statements as "now the heat is on" and "this isn't going to go away" as he talked about the search warrant and the continuing investigation.

Merritt also reiterated that Josh Powell remains the only person of interest in the case because of his refusal to cooperate with investigators.

"He's the only person we need to talk to," the lieutenant said.

Even Steven Powell had agreed to talk to police on a couple of occasions, Merritt said. But he said Josh Powell's father has not talked to investigators recently.

Thursday marked the first time since Susan Powell disappeared in December of 2009 that police had arrived at the Powell residence with a signed search warrant.

No one in the home was detained during the search. Powell's sister, Alina, reportedly stayed in the backyard, out of sight of the media. Josh Powell stayed for about an hour and then left with his two young sons. He wasn't spotted again at his home until Friday morning.

Steven Powell, who was in Kennewick, Wash., most of Thursday while the warrant was being served, said he had a feeling police might show up at his door, even though investigators never announced that they would.

"I honestly don't know why they were here," he said. "I wished I had removed some things from the house so they wouldn't have been taken. In another way, I'm glad they were taken."

Susan's adult journal was already seized early in the investigation, according to Steven Powell. He claimed he had been offering to turn Susan's childhood journals over to police for some time — but only in exchange for the adult journal.

"They refused our offer," he said. "It was a pretty important thing for us to have."

Merritt said Friday he didn’t know how Powell would have known that police were coming with a search warrant, and if he did know and purposely tried to hide something so detectives couldn’t find it, it would be against the law. He also said police do not make bargains with potential evidence.

Steven Powell doesn't believe the search of his home, or the investigation, points to him or his son as being suspects.

He repeated claims Friday that Susan was "very sexually charged." When asked what that had to do with the investigation into her disappearance, he again mentioned the theory that she may have ran off with missing Utah resident Steven Koecher.

Chuck Cox said those theories have already been disregarded by police. "Susan did not run off with anybody," he said.

Josh Powell would not comment about his father's allegations of a relationship between him and Susan, saying he had discussed it enough. He earlier told an NBC "Dateline" reporter: "Susan never told me about any inappropriate relationship. My dad never told me about any inappropriate relationship.”

But close friends of Susan Powell and some family members have said this past week that Susan told them she insisted on moving to Utah, in part because of inappropriate advances from her father-in-law. They say she told her husband that his father would not be welcome in their West Valley home.

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