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Pierce County sheriff’s deputies say they believe Josh Powell, the husband of a Utah woman who has been missing since 2009, and their two young boys were killed in a home explosion in Graham on Sunday afternoon.

A case worker dropped the boys off at Powell’s home for a visitation.

The case worker “was forced out, and an explosion happened shortly thereafter,” said Ed Troyer, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Troyer said all three bodies had been recovered, but their identities have not yet been confirmed. Troyer said the sheriff’s office is treating the explosion as an intentional act.

The house, at 8119 189th St. Court East, is considered unstable, but the flames are out, and no other nearby properties are in danger.  Troyer said.

Powell has been a person of interest in the investigation into his wife’s disappearance but has not been arrested or charged in the case.

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