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Susan Powell was reported missing Dec. 7, 2009.
Josh Powell — who denied any involvement in her disappearance — told police he last saw his wife around midnight, when he put their sons in the family’s minivan and took them on a late-night camping trip in freezing temperatures in Utah’s west desert.
Nielsen began to choke up Monday when asked about his reaction to the deaths of Charlie and Braden.
After a long pause, Nielsen said: "There isn’t a person in the world who deserves this."
The boys, who had been living with their maternal grandparents, arrived for a supervised visit with their father at about 12:30 p.m. Washington time on Sunday. When his sons entered his home, Josh Powell locked the door against the social worker who had brought the boys. He then started a deadly gasoline-fueled fire, according to police.
The Pierce County Medical Examiner listed the cause of death of Josh Powell and his sons as carbon monoxide poisoning. The boys also suffered "chop wounds," which the ME listed as a "significant condition" contributing to their deaths. Charlie suffered chop wounds to the neck. Braden suffered chop wounds to the head and neck.
A Pierce County sheriff’s officer told the Tacoma News Tribune that investigators found a hatchet with the bodies that they believe was used on the boys.
— Reporter Aaron Falk and Brooke Adams contributed to this story.
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