Missing Children, Murder, Divorce, a Cult -What Next?

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Missing Children

Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, have not been seen since last September. The police in Rexburg, Idaho, said they “strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee’s lives are in danger.” People who know the two children question if they are still alive after their mother, Lori Vallow failed to meet a court-ordered deadline to return her two children to authorities in Idaho yesterday. As a result, a judge has the right to hold the mother in contempt of court. If this is done, it will allow prosecutors to attempt to have her extradited from Hawaii to Idaho to face charges.

Vallow and New Husband Lie About Children

Police said that Vallow, and her new husband, Chad Daybell, have lied about the children, their whereabouts, as well as their existence. He allegedly told one person that his new wife had no children. His new wife reportedly told another person that her daughter had died more than a year earlier. 

Grandmother Speaks Out

Kay Woodcock, the grandmother of JJ, used one word to describe the mother, “monster.” Thursday evening, she attended a press conference and said, “All this has just been very disheartening. I’m a lot less optimistic at the moment.”

Lori Moves Family

A month before the children were last seen, Lori Vallow moved her family to Idaho. A month after her children were last seen Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell died from natural causes (due to suspicions law enforcement had her remains exhumed). Chad Daybell then married Lori Vallow two weeks after Tammy Daybell died. Then, in July, Lori Vallow’s husband, Charles Vallow was shot and killed in Phoenix, Arizona. He was allegedly killed by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, who said the murder was in self-defense. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Alex Cox died of unknown causes in December.

Lori Vallow Arrested

Lori Vallow Daybell, 46, was arrested on a warrant issued in Madison County, Idaho. She was being held on US$5 million bail, according to Kauai police. Rob Wood, Madison County Prosecutor, said she had been charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. Additionally, she has been charged with misdemeanors: resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court. The prosecutor noted that she is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. However, if she is found guilty, she could face up to 14 years in prison for each count of desertion of a child.

Possible Cult Involvement?

There are also rumors that Lori is involved with a cult. She apparently believes she is “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020,” which is part of a document her deceased husband filed in divorce proceedings before his death. Her new husband, Mr. Daybell, has authored several apocalyptic novels based loosely on Mormon religious theology. The couple was both involved with a group that promotes preparedness for the biblical end-times.

Questioned About Missing Children

The couple was questioned, by police, about the missing children in late November. The couple left town before police returned the next day. They were stopped by investigators in Hawaii and served with the order to produce the children, which they did not do.