Josh Powell Had Affair Months Before Wife Disappeared, Officials Say

Image: Josh Powell Had Affair Months Before Wife Disappeared, Officials Say Photo showing the rental home in Graham, Wash., that burned to the ground when Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons on Feb. 5, 2012. Powell's wife Susan disappeared in December 2009.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 02:29 PM

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Newly released police files say that Josh Powell, the deceased husband of Susan Powell, the Utah mother who disappeared in December 2009, had an extramarital affair just months before his wife disappeared.

According to a West Valley City police detective's report, investigators contacted the woman, whose full name is redacted, in August 2010, after her phone number was discovered in connection with the case, according to the Associated Press.

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She told police she had a sexual relationship with Powell after meeting him through a dating service about six or seven months before Susan Powell disappeared. The woman said she knew Powell by the name John Staley, and she didn't know he was married.

She said Powell gave her about $800 over the course of their relationship. The report didn't specify how long the relationship lasted, or what the money was for.

The woman "said that she eventually broke up with him and it wasn't until she saw the news story about the Susan Powell case that she realized John was actually Josh Powell," Detective David Greco wrote.

Police started hunting again last week for the body of Susan Powell after a tip came in but have since closed the case when they couldn't find enough leads to continue the investigation.

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