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Josh Powell: Recycling center search yields books, papers and map

February 14, 2012 | 11:17 am

A search of a Washington recycling center that Josh Powell visited the day before he killed his sons and himself has turned up some papers, books and a map of Utah
A search of a recycling center in Washington state that Josh Powell visited the day before he killed his sons and himself has turned up some papers, books and a map of Utah, all belonging to Powell. 

Over the weekend, volunteers sifted through 10 tons of paper at the recycling plant in Graham, Wash., eventually turning up the items that belonged to Powell. Some of the books were reportedly inscribed with his wife's name.

The Pierce County sheriff's office said the items also included what officials described as Powell's "testament," the Associated Press reported. Police did not say what the so-called testament contained.

"We'll take what we have and analyze it and determine if it has evidentiary value or if it leads us to another location," Sgt. Ed Troyer told KIRO-FM on Monday.

Since last week's gasoline-fueled inferno, police have been trying to piece together Powell's activities in the days leading up to the murder-suicide, which included the trip to the recycling center.

Investigators are also testing a blood-stained mattress they found in a storage locker Powell had rented.

Investigators are still looking for the body of Susan Powell, who went missing in December 2009 in West Valley City, Utah.

Powell had been considered a person of interest in his wife's disappearance, and police believed he may have killed his sons because they were recently beginning to recall details from the night their mother disappeared. 

On Saturday, more than 1,000 people turned out for a public funeral for Charles, 7, and Braden, 5, the two young brothers killed last week by their father. They were remembered as "clever" and "curious" boys.


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Photo: Josh Powell at a September 2011 custody hearing. Credit: Ted S. Warren / Associated Press