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Nielsen said that the police wanted to find out who had helped Josh get rid of Susan. "The investigation is far from over," he promised.

"I knew he was talking about Steve and the entire group at Fort Powell — Alina, Mike, and Johnny," Chuck said later. Chief Nielsen said his department was still determined to find Susan.

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Editor’s note

In their new book, “If I Can’t Have You,” from St. Martin’s Press, authors Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris tell the story of Josh and Suan Powell. In this excerpt, Olsen and Morris write about the aftermath of Josh Powell killing his sons, Charlie and Braden, and then himself.

If I Can’t Have You: Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children

By Gregg Olsen and Rebecca Morris

St. Martin’s Press (May 20, 2014)

336 pages


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Publicly, Chief Nielsen said that they had "strong circumstantial evidence" against Josh and had hoped to file charges later in 2012. He said that Josh had not been aware of the progress of the investigation, so fear of arrest could not have been a factor in his killing himself and the kids.

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