State: Steve Powell can't return to old Wash. home

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington Corrections Department spokesman confirms that the father-in-law of missing Utah mother Susan Powell has been told he can't return to his Puyallup (Pew-AL-up) home if he wants to qualify for early prison release.

Steve Powell has been serving time at a Monroe prison on voyeurism charges for secretly recording images of young neighbor girls. He was sentenced in June 2012 to 2 1/2 years in prison.

May 23 was his earliest possible release date, based on sentence reductions he earned in prison. However, Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said the state had rejected the housing portion of Powell's proposed release plan, due to community concerns.

The Deseret News of Salt Lake City, Utah, (, first reported that glitch.

In a telephone interview Thursday night, Lewis said the state was currently reviewing a second address Powell proposed.

Police in Utah said this week they were closing the active part of the Susan Powell investigation. She disappeared from her home in 2009. Her husband Josh was a focus of the investigation until he killed himself and the couple's two children last year in an explosive house fire in Washington state.

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