Pastor talked with Powell before murder, suicide

Pastor spoke with father before he killed his son

King 5 News reports that a local pastor had talked with John Powell days before he was to kill his sons, arson his house and eventually kill himself. Powell was person of interest in the case of his wife disappearance two years ago. Pastor Timothy Atkins of First Bible Church of Puyallup Washington said he saw no evidence of any harm during the phone call.

The pastor said,
“Josh spoke with me during that phone conversation about seeing him Sunday evening following the Sunday afternoon visit with his sons.”

On Powell’s life the pastor further commented…

“Although we had questions about the disappearance of Susan Powell, we made efforts to minister to (Josh) through giving counsel in making needed changes in his life…We were supervising weekly visits in our home for The Department of Social and Health Services between Josh, Charlie and Braden. Our children would play together during these visits,”

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