The Washington state home where Josh Powell killed himself and his two young sons -- first striking the boys with a hatchet before setting the house on fire and causing it to explode -- has been demolished and the debris removed.
The home in the Graham, Wash., area was torn down Wednesday as neighbors looked on, according to the Bellingham Herald.
Many of them were likely relieved. The owner of the house, Patrick Small, who had rented it to Powell, told the Herald: “It’s a hell of a sight. ... Every time the neighbors walk out the door, they get reminded just by looking. It’s a horrible sight to look at.”
Contractor Greg Pelland of Pelland Enterprises told the Associated Press that he was ordered to remove every trace of the home, including the driveway.
Powell's wife, Susan Cox Powell, remains missing. She went missing in December 2009 from the couple's home in West Valley, Utah.
Powell was a person of interest in her disappearance but was never charged. Recently released search warrants in the case showed just how much evidence was accumulating against him and just how many lies he told to nearly everyone around him in the hours after his wife's disappearance.