Cops said Idaho mother whose two children have been missing for three months is lying about where they are and refusing to cooperate
Lori Vallow, 46, went on the run with husband Chad Daybell, 51, after authorities learned Lori’s children Joshua, seven, and Tylee, 17, were missing
The couple fled their home in Rexburg, Idaho, hours after police made an unsuccessful welfare check on Joshua at the family’s home and have not been seen since
The children were last seen in Idaho in September and were never reported missing
Rexburg police issued a statement Monday slamming Lori’s refusal to help them, alleging she ‘knows the location of the children or what has happened to them’
The couple also allegedly lied about Tylee dying a year before her father – if true one of several mysterious death linked to the couple
Tylee’s father, Joseph Ryan, died of a heart attack in 2018
Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow was shot dead by her brother, Alex Cox, in July after getting into an argument with her when he went to pick up Joshua for a pre-arranged visit
Lori Vallow married Chad Daybell [left] just weeks after his first wife, Tammy Daybell [right] was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Oct 19 in Rexburg, Idaho
Lori’s brother Alex Cox himself died on Dec 12, in Arizona
Charles Vallow and Alex Cox’s deaths are both under investigation – He died a day after authorities exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body on Dec 11
Lori Vallow’s relatives claim she turned into ‘a monster’ after meeting Daybell and joining a dangerous doomsday cult obsessed with preparing for the end of the world
Cops have called on Lori and Chad ‘to do the right thing’ and ‘be honest’
A multi-state police search is underway for Lor Vallow’s children, seven-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow [left] and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan [right], both last seen in Rexburg in Sept, 2019
Authorities are now calling on the children’s mother Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell ‘to do the right thing’ and ‘be honest’, saying: ‘This entire investigation could have been avoided if Lori and Chad had simply been honest with law enforcement.’
While records show that the pair were married just weeks after Daybell’s wife died. Chad’s first wife, Tammy Daybell, was found dead under mysterious circumstances on October 19 in Rexburg.
In the release police also state: ‘We are aware that in the weeks after Tammy Daybell’s death, Lori Daybell and Chad Daybell told witnesses that Lori’s daughter had died a year before the death of her father, which is untrue,’ police said
‘Around that same time Chad told another witness that Lori had no minor children. We strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee’s lives are in danger,’ they added.
The search for the children began in November when police tried to do a welfare check on Joshua, Lori’s adopted son who has special needs.
Rexburg police say the parents, Chad and Lori, never reported the kids missing, have repeatedly lied about where their children are – initially saying the boy was in Arizona – and aren’t cooperating with the investigation.
The couple had disappeared from their Rexburg home when police returned with additional questions and search warrants. No charges have been filed against Chad or Lori in Idaho or Arizona.
Mysterious death: The now fugitive mom Lori Vallow married Chad Daybell [left] just weeks after his first wife, Tammy Daybell [right] was found dead under mysterious circumstances on Oct 19 in Rexburg, Idaho
Lori Vallow seen [right] with her previous husband, Charles Vallow [left], who was fatally shot ‘in self defense’ by Lori’s brother Alex Cox on July 11, 2019. Incidentally, Cox himself died five months later on Dec 12
Giving a timeline to the mystery of the children’s whereabouts, authorities said back on July, Lori’s husband, Charles Vallow, 63, was ‘killed in self-defense’ by her brother, Alex Cox, in Arizona following a purported argument between himself, his sister and her husband. Vallow, 63, from Texas was shot and killed when he turned up to pick up his son for a pre-arranged visit on July 11,
Two months later Lori relocated with her children, Joshua and Tylee, to Rexburg, Idaho.
While Joshua’s grandparents Kay and Larry Woodcock, said they saw the boy via FaceTime in August, Joshua reportedly was last seen at his school in Idaho on September 23.
There was also some activity found on a Venmo account that may belong to Tylee as late as October, 2019.
Still, on October 19 Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, died at their home in Rexburg. Officials rule her death to be of natural causes and she was buried three days later in Springville, Utah. Days later Chad wed Lori Vallow, in late October.
Uncomfortable about the non-communication, by late November out-of-state relatives ask Idaho police to perform a welfare check on Joshua.
Lori and Chad told authorities he was in Arizona with a family friend. Police also learned Lori’s daughter, Tylee has not been seen since September, either.
The next day, November 27, police execute a search warrant at Lori and Chad’s home, but discovered the couple have fled the city
Police say it appeared the couple abruptly left the house and city. They said they don’t believe the couple had the children with them. How the couple left the city is unclear.
Lori, 51, and Chad, 46, got married just days after the October 19 death of Tammy, his first wife and mother of his five children. Her death was originally listed as natural but cops have now exhumed her body for further testing.
An obituary for Tammy, a librarian, who also served as chief financial officer for her husband’s publishing company, said she ‘died peacefully in her sleep’. She was just 49.
That is not the only mysterious death linked to the couple.
Tylee’s father, Joseph Ryan, died of a heart attack last year.
Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow was shot dead by her brother, Alex Cox, in July after getting into an argument when he went to pick up Joshua.
And Cox himself died on December 12, the day after Tammy’s body was dug up.
Charles Vallow and Alex Cox’s deaths are both under investigation.
After authorities exhumed Tammy Daybell’s body from the Utah cemetery on December 11, the next day Dec. 12, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, died in Arizona.
Police said Monday: ‘Many people have inquired as to why we have not filed charges yet in this case. Our primary concern at this point is simply locating Joshua and Tylee and charging decisions will be made in due course based upon the evidence available.
‘If we find that harm was done to these children within our jurisdiction, we will prosecute whoever caused that harm.’
Lori and Chad issued a statement on December 24 through an attorney, saying they love their son and daughter and look forward to addressing ‘allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor’.
The search for the children began in November when police made an unsuccessful welfare check on Joshua, [photo], 7, who has special needs. His parents claimed he was away in Arizona with relatives. He has not been seen since Sept
Police strongly believe Tylee [photo], and her brother Joshua’s lives are in danger’. – ‘We are aware that in the weeks after Tammy Daybell’s death, Lori Daybell and Chad Daybell told witnesses that Lori’s daughter had died a year before the death of her father, which is untrue,’ cops said
Chad Daybell, [photo], a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a self-published author who writes about near-death experiences and doomsday events. Lori and was allegedly drawn into a radical cult by Daybell. the pair were married just weeks after Daybell’s wife was found dead on Oct 19
Two of Lori Vallow’s relatives have alleged that she joined a ‘dangerous religious cult’ around 18 months ago. The cult is said to be a radical off-shoot of the Church of Latter-day Saints, to which 98 percent of Rexburg residents belong.
Chad, a former member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is a self-published author who writes about near-death experiences and doomsday events.
He and Lori participated in podcasts for a group called ‘Preparing a People,’ which the group said involves ‘the second coming of Jesus Christ.’ The group has since removed those podcasts.
Chad was excommunicated from the Mormon church after he declared that he was a prophet.
Lori’s family claim she joined a cult with Chad’s cult, a radical offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, around 18 months ago and became obsessed with the end of times.
Family members have expressed suspicion that the children’s disappearance may be linked to their mother’s newfound religious beliefs.
Her former mother-in-law, Kay Vallow Woodcock, wrote in a December 20 Facebook post: ‘Things started changing over the past 18+ months when Lori began spending all her time with a new religious group, that we refer to as a “cult”.’
Joshua’s grandmother Kay Woodcock seen [right] with her husband Larry said: ‘To think that within the last two years [Lori] has completely changed into a monster, I’m making an understatement’
Kay and Larry Woodcock said that they last saw Joshua via FaceTime in August and that Lori had moved the two missing children from Arizona to Idaho shortly before they went missing in September.
Kay said that Lori’s personality had changed over the last 24 months.
‘To think that within the last two years she has completely changed into a monster, I’m making an understatement,’ Kay said.
She added: ‘Something happened to her. She just turned off and once she got involved with that cult with Daybell, she just turned off the person we knew just went away.’