Cops confirm human remains were found at home of Lori Vallow’s husband Chad Daybell
Daybell was taken into custody after police raided his property for second time in seven-month hunt for the Vallow’s missing kids – He was detained by police while they executed a search warrant at his home
Rexburg Police confirmed that human remains were discovered on Chad Daybell’s property in Salem, Idaho, on Tuesday
They said it was too soon to say whether the remains belonged to his wife Lori Vallow’s missing children, Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, 8, and 17-year-olds Tylee Ryan
Tylee and JJ were last seen in Idaho in September
Rexburg Police announced Tuesday evening that Daybell will be facing charges
Lori Vallow who married Daybell less than two months after the kids vanished, is currently in custody on charges of neglect and desertion
The couple have refused to say where the children are but insist they are safe
‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow’s husband Chad Daybell [second], was taken into custody on Tuesday
Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagen announced the discovery at a brief press conference near the property in Salem, Idaho, on Tuesday afternoon.
Hagen said it was too soon to say whether the remains belonged to Lori’s missing children, Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, who were last seen in September.
Authorities had arrived at the home hours earlier to execute a search warrant. Aerial footage from the East Idaho News showed investigators digging up soil around what appeared to be a well in the back yard.
At about 11.30am Rexburg officers were seen handcuffing Chad and placing him in a police vehicle after stopping him on the road near his home.
Hagen said Chad had been taken in for questioning but did not disclose whether he is facing any charges.
Fremont County Sheriff deputies, Rexburg Police officers and the FBI arrived at Daybell’s home around 7 a.m. on
TuesdayRexburg Police said Chad Daybell [left], has not yet been officially arrested or charged, but Lori Vallow [right], is already behind bars on charges of neglect and desertion
Rexburg police confirmed that Daybell is set to be charged, in a statement Tuesday evening police said officers were continuing to search the home for any further evidence
Lori has spent the past four months in jail on charges of abandonment and desertion in connection with the children’s disappearance.
Vallow married Chad Daybell, the prolific Doomsday author, alleged cut leader and former grave digger, less than two months after her kids vanished. The couple while insisting the children are safe, have repeatedly refused to disclose their whereabouts.
The last known sighting of 17-year-old Tylee was on September 8, when she visited Yellowstone National Park with her family. JJ, who would have turned eight last month, was last seen two weeks later on September 23.
While some relatives believed that Lori would never hurt her kids, others feared that they could be dead.
Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies, Rexburg Police officers and FBI agents arrived at Chad’s home on 200 block of 1900 East at about 7a.m. Tuesday, with a search warrant.
Video showed them using a backhoe to dig up dirt near a barn in the yard.
Police told media outlets on the scene that they planned to be there for several hours or days. FBI confirmed that the agency’s Evidence Response Team is assisting local authorities with the execution of the warrant.
This is the second major raid performed at the Daybell home since police began searching for the children in late November.
Authorities began searching for the children in late November after performing a welfare check ordered by concerned relatives who said they hadn’t spoken to seven-year-old JJ, who is autistic, in months.
Tylee Ryan seen [left hugging her brother], was last seen Sept 8 when she visited Yellowstone National Park with her family. JJ [right], was last seen two weeks later on Sept 23
When officers first went to Lori’s home in Idaho on November 26, she told them that JJ was visiting relatives in Arizona – which investigators say was a lie.
Years before he was linked to the disappearance of Lori Vallow’s missing children, Chad Daybell worked as a ‘cemetery sexton’ – or grave digger – while studying at Brigham Young University in Utah in the mid-90s. He described the job in an interview with the Deseret News in 2001.
‘Taking care of the graves is rewarding, as well as helping widows and grieving family members deal with the trauma,’ he said.
‘Sad times are always when you have to bury babies. That’s always a poignant moment.’
Daybell published an entire nonfiction book about his experiences that same year, entitled: One Foot in the Grave: Secrets of a Cemetery Sexton.
He left that job soon after the book was finished and went on to publish more than 25 other titles, many of them about near-death experiences and the end of the world.
Daybell briefly worked as ais sexton role years later in 2008 by working part time at a cemetery in Springville.
Daybell’s first book is an entire non-fiction book about his experiences as a grave digger entitled: One Foot in the Grave: Secrets of a Cemetery Sexton, published in 2001
Officers returned the following day and found that Lori and the man she married weeks earlier, Chad Daybell, had fled from the home.
Authorities say the couple have repeatedly lied about where JJ and Tylee are and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Lori and Chad were named persons of interest in the children’s disappearance after investigators said they believe the mother knew where her children were or what happened to them.
The case captured nationwide attention with the revelations that police are also investigating three mysterious deaths linked to Lori and Chad, as well as family members’ claims that the couple are members of a dangerous doomsday cult.
The first death is that of Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow, who was shot dead by her brother Alex Cox in Arizona on July 10.
Charles and Lori had gotten into an argument when the father came to pick up JJ at the mother’s home in Chandler.
Lori’s brother intervened and fatally shot Charles.
Police initially determined that he acted in self defense – but the case was reopened amid the multi-state search for JJ and Tylee, who had moved to Idaho, where Chad lived, with their mother in August
Lori’s brother Alex Cox [photo] killed her husband Charles Vallow in ‘self-defense’ in July. He was dead himself in under mysterious circumstances on December 12
The string of deaths kicked off when Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow seen, [left with her], was shot dead by her brother Alex Cox in Arizona on July 1
n October Tammy Daybell [right], the wife of doom’s day author Chad Daybell [left], was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Two weeks later Chad married Lori Vallow which aroused suspicion
The second mysterious death was Tammy Daybell, who was found dead at the home she shared with Chad on October 19.
An obituary stated that Tammy passed away in her sleep and her cause of death was ruled as natural after Chad reportedly declined an autopsy.
Investigators reopened the case after learning that JJ and Tylee were missing, as their mother had married Chad just two weeks after Tammy died. They believe the two cases could be linked.
Tammy’s body was exhumed on December 11 and the autopsy results have not yet been released.
On December 12, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, was found dead in Gilbert, Arizona.
An autopsy determined that the 51-year-old’s died of natural causes but noted that he had the overdose drug Narcan in his system at the time.
Police tracked Lori and Chad down in Princeville, Hawaii, in late January and served the mother with a court order requiring her to physically produce the children to authorities in Idaho by January 30.
Lori failed to meet the deadline, prompting her arrest and extradition to Idaho, where she is currently being held at Madison County Jail in lieu of $1million bond.