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Judge to decide custody of Powell children on Wednesday

A child custody hearing involving the sons of missing mother Susan Cox Powell won’t be decided until Wednesday. Superior Court Judge Kathryn Nelson requested an additional day to review materials provided by Chuck Cox, Susan’s father, and Josh Powell, Susan’s husband, before determining where the couple’s two sons will reside.

The boys have been in state custody since last week when Josh Powell’s father, Steven Powell, was charged with multiple counts of voyeurism and possession of illegal pornography.

Susan Powell has been missing since December 2009. Her parents suspect that Josh Powell was involved in Susan's disappearance, but Josh Powell has denied any knowledge.

Tuesday, a state assistant attorney general said that Josh Powell was a “subject” in the continuing investigation related to Steven Powell. The men and the two boys lived in the same Puyallup house.

Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said that everyone who lives in Steve Powell’s house is a person of interest in their investigation of the inappropriate photographs of girls and women found in Steve Powell’s bedroom. Prosecutors last week charged Steve Powell with 14 counts of voyeurism and one count of possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity.

"We have not eliminated anybody, and we are not at the point of arresting anybody else,” Troyer said.

The News Tribune will update this story later today.

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