As the he fire fully engulfed Josh Powell's home, a few miles away in Pullayup, Wash., his sister was worried about him. She had no idea the house exploded. She picked up the phone and called 911.
The following quotes are select excerpts from that call:
Sister: "I think my brother might be in trouble."
Dispatch: "What is going on with your brother?"
Sister: "He is sending weird e-mails and he's saying goodbye and stuff".
Alina Powell tells the dispatcher that Josh is troubled with all the abuse he's getting from everyone. She said Josh sent her a cryptic message.
Sister: "E-mails and stuff and he left me a voicemail that got forwarded.."
Dispatch: "And what did they say?"
Sister: "Something about he can't live without his sons. (inaudiable) And goodbye"
Dispatch: "And this was the Josh who has been in the media, right".
Sister: "Yes. The one that has been being abused by everyone. I... I... (crying - inaudiable).
Dispatch: "Did he say he was going to harm himself?"
Sister: "No, he didn't say... he never said specifically he was going to harm himself. He just (inaudiable)."
Dispatch: "He just kept saying goodbye?"
Sister: "Talking weird (crying)"
Dispatcher: "Alina, calm down. I understand you're upset but the more you're upset the less helpful it is for me, okay?"
Sister: "I mean, I know the abuse has been hard on him. The abuse has been extremely difficult."
Dispatcher: "What else did the e-mails say?"
Dispatcher: "Alina, I need you to calm down, okay? What else did the e-mails say?"
Sister: "Nothing. He just... He just... He sent several e-mails saying stuff about how to handle his properties and how to handle his utilities. I don't know. It was just an e-mail"
Sister: "They start a while ago. I didn't think anything of it because there was some weird e-mail that came in this morning that I dismissed and it didn't say anything from him. It was just some sort of forward or something."
Dispatcher: "Listen I have a call into the address we think he is at, but I need to know if you can give us a confirmation on the address. Can you do that and give us a call back?
Sister: "The only way to do that is if I drive over there and I'm terrified to drive over there."
Dispatcher: "Well we are sending an officer so we need to know where we going. We aren't asking you to make contact with him. We'll have the officer do that."
Sister: "I am not afraid of him. He has never hurt me. I am afraid of seeing something I don't want to see."