Police Buy Plots Next to Josh Powell's Boys to Block Dad From Burial

| by Michael Allen

Pierce County Sheriff Sgt. Ed Troyer and Sheriff Paul Pastor used their personal money and funds from Crimestoppers Tacoma-Pierce County to buy burial plots in Woodbine Cemetary in Tacoma, Washington, next to Josh Powell's boys (Charlie and Braden) in order to block family members from burying Powell next to them.

Sgt. Troyer appeared on a Seattle-area radio program and said: "The bottom line is, Josh Powell will not be near those two boys."

Sgt. Pastor said in a statement posted on Twitter: "It's disgusting that a murder suspect would be buried next to his victims."

However, Josh Powell's surviving relatives wanted him to buried at the same cemetery as the two sons he killed.

City Manager Ralph Dannenberg told The Associated Press earlier Wednesday that the plots haven't actually been paid for it yet, and any sale is being put on hold because the parents of Powell's missing wife, Susan, have promised legal action.

Josh Powell was a suspect in wife Susan Powell's 2009 disappearance from their home in West Valley City, Utah. He later moved with his sons to near Tacoma, Wash. On Feb. 5, he attacked his sons with a hatchet and set his rental house on fire, killing himself and his sons.