Joshua “JJ” Vallow 7 was last seen Sept.23 when his mother told his Rexburg school he’d no longer be attending and Tylee Ryan 17 on Sept.8 in Yellow National Park with her mother,brother and late uncle.
Lori Vallow was arrested in February in Hawaii after she failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to bring her children to authorities after relatives asked police in Rexburg,Idoho to do a welfare check on Joshua because they hadn’t talked to him recently.
Vallow has pleaded not guilty to child abandonment and other charges and remains in custody.A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 9.
During Daybell’s initial hearing on Wednesday’s via zoom, prosecuting attorney Rob Wood argued for a $1 million bail for Daybell, which was ultimately granted. Daybell’s attorney, John Prior, had argued for a lower bail to be set at $100,00. Wood also confirmed that the remains found were of children and without going into detail, alleged the manner of concealment of one of the bodies was particularly disturbing.
In court documents filed Wednesday, Daybell was formally charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, each charge carrying a punishment up to five years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
The documents allege Daybell concealed or aided in concealing human remains between Sept.22,2019 and June 9,2020.
Judge Faren Eddins required that, if Daybell meets the $1 million bail, he also wear an ankle monitor and stay within the immediate area in Idaho, among other conditions.His next hearing is on July 1.
About Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow
The Rexburg Police Department said JJ and Tylee had been missing for months and Daybell and Valow had refused to cooperate with the investigation.
The two had fled to Hawaii, where they had married in a beachfront ceremony weeks after Daybell’s wife had died under what police said were suspicious circumstances.JJ and Tylee had been nowhere to be seen at the time of the ceremony.
Vallow’s fourth husband, Charles Vallow also died last year.He was shot to death by Vallow’s brother,Alex Cox,after an argument with Lori broke out.Both were questioned by police but never charged.Cox claimed self defence but details in Cox’s and Lori’s stories did not add up.
In December, Cox was found unresponsive in Arizona and an autopsy report released in May said that Cox died from a pulmonary blood clot. Police in Gilbert said at the time detectives investigating his death would review the autopsy report and that the case was still active.
Vallow was arrested on February and extradited to Idaho on charges of desertion and non support of dependent children.She is being held on a $1 million bond.
A father of five of his own children, Daybell is a self-published author of many apocalyptic, doomsday books, and friends and family say he and Vallow adhere to divergent religious beliefs.In addition,Daybell is connected to a doomsday prep religious site,Preparing a people.
Both JJ and Tylee were last seen in September, but it wasn’t until late December that the public was alerted. JJ’s biological grandmother, Kay Woodcock, told police that she hadn’t heard from the child in months.
JJ,who was autistic, was adopted by Lori Vallow and her late ex-husband, Charles Vallow, in 2014 after the Woodcock’s found it hard to take care of him due to their busy work schedules. The boy was born to Woodcock’s son, and Kay, who is Charles Vallow’s sister, initially cared for him with her husband, Larry.
In divorce his filings, Charles Vallow said Lori Vallow believed she was “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020.”
He also claimed that Lori had threatened to kill him if he ever got in her way and that she had “an angel there to help her dispose of the body.” Shortly after her alleged threats, Charles took out an order of protection against Lori Vallow.
Charles claimed that Lori Vallow had “become infatuated and, at times, obsessive about near-death experiences and spiritual visions.”