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Dispatcher in Powell murder-suicide reprimanded

  • Shortly after Susan Powell disappeared, authorities found blood evidence on a floor next to a sofa and determined that it was Susan Powell's. The sofa appeared to have been recently cleaned, and two fans had been set up to blow on it.

    Shortly after Susan Powell disappeared, authorities found blood evidence on a floor next to a sofa and determined that it was Susan Powell's. The sofa appeared to have been recently cleaned, and two fans had been set up to blow on it.  (Fox13Now.com)

  • Aug. 23: Josh Powell, husband of Susan Powell, leaves a court hearing in Tacoma, Wash. Josh Powell had alleged in a petition for a restraining order that his father-in-law Chuck Cox, of Puyallup, Wash. , had threatened him and stalked him and his sons.

    Aug. 23: Josh Powell, husband of Susan Powell, leaves a court hearing in Tacoma, Wash. Josh Powell had alleged in a petition for a restraining order that his father-in-law Chuck Cox, of Puyallup, Wash. , had threatened him and stalked him and his sons.  (AP )

  • Feb. 11, 2012: Photos of Charlie, right, and Braden Powell are displayed next to the casket they shared during their funeral service.

    Feb. 11, 2012: Photos of Charlie, right, and Braden Powell are displayed next to the casket they shared during their funeral service.  (AP)

A news report says a Washington state dispatcher who took a 911 call from a social worker just before Josh Powell killed his children and himself has been reprimanded.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that dispatcher David Lovrak was reprimanded after 22 minutes elapsed before help arrived. The reprimand letter says nearly seven minutes went by before deputies were sent.

Powell was a person of interest in his wife's 2009 Utah disappearance and had lost custody of his two sons. On Feb. 5, he grabbed them during a visit near Puyallup, Wash., slammed the door on the social worker, and killed them and himself by setting the house on fire.

The letter says Lovrak violated four policies. It also says he asked seemingly unimportant questions and failed to grasp the situation.

The paper says the written reprimand -- obtained via a public records request -- will be placed in his personnel file.

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