UPDATE 5/26/21 – Lori Vallow Daybell has been indicted with conspiracy and murder in connection with the deaths of her two youngest children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, said Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood in a news conference Tuesday.
Her husband, Chad Daybell, the two children’s stepfather, was also charged and charged in connection to the murder of his former wife, Tammy Daybell, 49, who died under “suspicious circumstances” in 2019.
UPDATE 2021 – Lori Vallow is being held in jail on charges. Prosecutors allege that on Nov. 26, 2019, Daybell lied to police about JJ’s whereabouts by saying he was with her friend, Melanie Gibb, in Arizona.
On June 9, 2020, investigators found JJ and Tylee’s remains buried on Chad Daybell’s Salem property. Chad is the fifth husband of Lori and both face felony charges in Fremont County.
UPDATE 2/21/20 – Lori Vallow that was found in Hawaii on vacation with Chad Daybell has been arrested. She is in Kauai and was arrested for two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, as resisting or obstructing police officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court. She is being held on a $5 million bond. She is expected to be back in court on March 2.
East Idaho News obtained a video that showed JJ and another child playing outside at the Rock Creek Hollow subdivision in rural Rexburg, on September 17, where his mother was renting an apartment. The video, first obtained by East Idaho News, showed JJ moving outside a doorframe, which activated the Ring Door camera, before running across the yard with another child. JJ’s grandmother was the one to report him missing on Nov. 25
Tylee Ryan, was last seen on surveillance video at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park on Sept. 8. A photo from that day showed Vallow, her brother Alex Cox, and her underage children, Tylee and JJ, at the national park.
UPDATE 2/5/20 – East Idaho News obtained the security footage from a storage facility and it shows Lori Vallow and an unknown man, likley, Lori’s brother, putting things inside it. The 10 x 10 foot unit had photo albums, bikes, a scooter, clothing, sports equipment and a backpack with J.J.’s initials on it, reports East Idaho News. The man is also seen carrying a large tote that appeared to be heavy. Self-Storage Plus that recalled that Lori had rented a storage unit from them went back over their surveillance footage and found the footage showing Lori and the unknown man. Self-Storage Plus told East Idaho News that Lori rented it in October 2019 and stopped paying on it in January. The video gives you more details:
UPDATE 1/27/20 – FOX 10 reports that authorities were at the Kauai Beach Resort serving a search warrant where they located Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell. The missing children were not with them. The couple has been staying in Princeville, Hawaii. The Judge them five days to present the children to the court.
UPDATE 1/6/20 – Information obtained by documents stated that Charles wanted to divorce Lori because she believed she was a reincarnated deity, sent to Earth to prepare people for Jesus’ second coming. According to the docs, Lori was convinced she was eternally married to the Mormon prophet Moroni.
“She was a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020 and if Charles got in the way he would murder him,” the documents stated, reports Fox 13. Charle’s sister, Kay told Local 21 news that Charles told her that he had recordings of her because no one would believe him otherwise.
Also, there has been several people that have come forward and stated that Lori told them that her daughter had died.
Original Story: Tammy Daybell, 49, from Salem, Utah was found deceased in her home on October 19, reports Idaho News. Tammy was a school librarian at Central Elementary School in Sugar City. She was married to Chad Daybell, an author of a series of books that are for sale on his website. Her death was determined to be from natural causes, stating she passed away in her sleep, and she was laid to rest in Springville, Utah a few days later.
Chad Daybell married a few weeks after Tammy died to Lori Vallow. Lori was a recent widower, too, as her husband, Charles Vallow, 62, was shot and killed by Lori’s brother on July 11 in Chandler, AZ.
The death of Charles in July 2019, happened during a fight between Lori and her estranged husband, Charles who resided in Austin, Texas, came to Chandler to visit their child, Joshua.
A verbal fight began in the 5500 block of S. Four Peaks Place that escalated into a physical fight. The story goes that Charles hit his brother-in-law, Alex in the head with a baseball bat. Shortly after, Alex, shot Charles twice in the chest, reports AZ Central. Alex said it was self-defense. A few months later after the incident, Alex died. The authorities will not go into details of his death.
On Nov. 26, 2019, Rexburg Police were asked to do a welfare check by relatives on Lori Vallow’s 7-year-old son, Joshua, who they have been able to speak to since September. This would be two months after Joshua’s dad, Charles, died.
When the police showed up, Joshua was not there, but Lori and Chad said he was visiting relatives. The authorities checked the story, and found he was not where they said he was, and while they were obtaining a search warrant, Chad and Lori left heir home on Pioneer in Rexburg and disappeared. It appeared as though they did not take Joshua with them.
Lori and Chad Daybell
The police obtained a search warrant and during the investigation realized that Joshua has been missing since Sept. 23 and Lori’s daughter, Tylee Ryan, 17, was also missing. Research by MPofA shows Tylee’s father is Joseph Anthony Ryan. He was married to Lori, and he died in 2018.
Kay Vallow Woodcock, Joshua’s grandmother posted on social media:
“This story is about my grandson Joshua Jaxon (JJ) Vallow. Born here in Lake Charles, LA. My beloved brother Charles and his wife Lori adopted him in 2013. He’s a beautiful, intelligent 7 y/o with the biggest heart, most beautiful smile & has life challenges of a level 2 boy on the Autism spectrum. Early intervention allowed him to flourish beyond all expectations. Lori was a wonderful, loving, attentive mother. 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.” She eventually deserted my brother & JJ for 2.5 months early this year. Charles did his best to save the marriage, of which she had no interest. On July 11, 2019 in Chandler, AZ, Charles went to Lori’s home (which he paid for) to get JJ & take to school. She and her brother Alex were there. Alex shot Charles twice in the chest killing him, claiming self-defense. 4 people were there that day. Lori, Alex and these 2 missing children. Alex mysteriously passed away on 12/12 & these two children haven’t been seen since September 23rd. Worse still, Lori already remarried and the wife of her new husband Chad Daybell, mysteriously died on October 19th, in Rexburg, ID. I’m posting this and articles related to the case begging anyone who believes in justice to please share my post. Help us shed light on this. Someone out there knows something but doesn’t know how all the pieces fit together. Help me connect them with the police so we can bring justice to my brother and the other victims. Please join us in prayer that we find JJ & Tylee alive. Please like and share this to help bring the truth to authorities. Please feel free to dm me with questions about the provided links.”
The FBI is looking into transactions on a Venmo account under the name of Tylee Ryan and in particular transactions from Oct. 10-16 along with any other social media accounts Tylee may have.
The authorities decided to reinvestigate the death of Tammy Daybell, and had her body exhumed. Her death has been reclassified as suspicious.
Joshua and Tylee have not been located and are missing. The authorities ask you to call them if you know where they are at the Rexburg Police Department, at 1-208-359-3000.
Joshua is a 7-year-old with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 4 feet tall and weighs 50 pounds. He is a special needs child. Tylee is a 17-year-old with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the children since September is asked to contact the Rexburg Police Department, at 1-208-359-3000, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), at 1-800-THE-LOST.