Medical Examiner: Powell, Sons Died Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Medical Examiner: Powell, Sons Died Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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KIROTV.COM - Josh Powell and his two sons died of carbon monoxide poisoning following an explosion at Powell's home Sunday, the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The medical examiner also said one of the boys suffered chop injuries to the neck, and one suffered chop injuries to the neck and head.  The autopsy revealed the wounds were inflicted with an ax or hatchet.

Earlier Monday, police revealed new evidence that they said led them to believe Sunday's double murder-suicide was carefully planned by Powell.

It was known that Powell had sent a three-word email to his attorney minutes before his house exploded that read, "I'm sorry. Goodbye," but investigators said Monday a second email from Powell had been found that told family members what to do after he died.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office said it found two five-gallon gas cans in Powell's demolished house. Police said accelerants were spread all over the home and that the 10 gallons of fuel was "easily" enough to destroy everything and kill Powell and his two sons; 7-year-old Charlie and 4-year-old Braden.

The tragedy came two years after Powell's wife, Susan Cox Powell, disappeared in Utah. Police there had considered Josh Powell the only person of interest in the case, but he had never formally been considered a suspect or charged with a crime.

There will be a funeral for the two boys this Saturday in Puyallup.

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