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 Verla Ann <I>Larsen</I> Powell

Verla Ann Larsen Powell

Death 24 Jan 1970 (aged 33)
Blackfoot, Bingham County, Idaho, USA
Burial Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot L, 175, 3
Memorial ID 65688 · View Source
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Idaho State Journal (Pocatello), Jan. 25, 1970, page one

Police Find Father Kills Wife, Children

Blackfoot – Five members of a Blackfoot family were found shot to death here Saturday afternoon, and police termed it a murder-suicide case.
Dead are Gary F. Powell, 35; his wife, Verla Ann Powell, 33, and their three children, Lisa, 5, Christina, 3, and Steven, 1. The deaths occurred in a duplex apartment on Northeast Main Street, police said.
Mrs. Powell was a motor route driver for the Idaho State Journal, and her address was 650 Northeast Main.
Police were called at 3:45 p.m. by a neighbor of the Powells. Police said 13 year old Kevin Garidikas, identified as a son of Mrs. Powell, ran from the apartment when the shooting started and notified a neighbor. The Garidikas boy was not injured.
Blackfoot police officers David Leary, Captain Mike Shlosaki and Richard Calvin responded to the call. They found all five persons shot to death with a high-powered rifle. They said the woman and children had been shot in the head, then Powell apparently turned the weapon on himself.
Police and Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Thomas E. Moss said it appeared to be a case of homicide and suicide. All of the victims were dead at the scene.
Details were sketchy, but it was reported Powell had been employed at some time in the past as an automotive body repairman. He was a native of the Blackfoot area, and had attended Blackfoot schools.
Detective Lt. Larry Hultz said the incident remains under investigation, and an inquest is planned.

BLACKFOOT, Idaho (UPI)—Police Lt. Larry Hultz said investigation into the apparent murder suicide of a Blackfoot family of five will be completed today and turned over to County Coroner Carl Staley.
Hultz identified the victims as Gary Powell, 36, his wife, Verla Ann, 33, and three children, Lisa, 5, Christina, 3, and Stephen, 1.
Bingham County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Moss said Sunday he plans to hold an inquest into the shooting.
Hultz said they were shot with a high powered rifle by their father, who moments later turned the firearm on himself.
The two girls, Christina and Lisa, were found sprawled in the bathroom of their home in downtown Blackfoot. Gary Powell lay dead in the hall adjacent to the bathroom, clutching the apparent murder weapon.
The mother and baby were found dead of gunshot wounds in the kitchen.
Police were alerted of the incident by a neighbor, Mrs. John Owens.

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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
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  • Find A Grave Memorial 65688
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Verla Ann Larsen Powell (18 Mar 1936–24 Jan 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 65688, citing Midvale City Cemetery, Midvale, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Burt (contributor 46867609) .