Special Reports

Steve Powell collected photos of Susan, children

In a folder on his work computer labeled “Personal Pics,” Steve Powell maintained a peculiar collection of photos: 55 depicting his daughter-in-law, Susan Cox Powell, but few if any showing his son.

His state government-issued laptop contains thousands of images and emails. The files, obtained by The Associated Press as part of a public records request, portray Steve Powell as a meticulous worker who gathered photos by the thousands and had his life upended by the constant inquiries that ensued after Susan vanished.

He is in the Pierce County Jail on voyeurism and child pornography charges.

A September warrant sought details specifically from his work laptop, which he used to help coordinate purchase and placement of school furniture. It also requested a search of state-owned vehicles that he may have driven.

Powell’s work computer has a batch of photos of Susan Powell, though none appears to be sexual. They depict her and the kids opening Christmas presents and out during Halloween. A few show Susan Powell and the kids more formally dressed. It’s not clear who the photographer is.

An attorney for Steve Powell did not return a call seeking comment.