Human remains found on Chad Daybell's property were of missing Idaho kids: Police
The month-long search for Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan, two Idaho children last seen in 2019, officially ended on Saturday after authorities confirmed that the human remains found earlier this week belonged to the children.
"With a heavy heart, we are now confirming that these remains have now been officially identified as those of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan," the police said in a statement on Saturday.
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JJ and Tylee were last seen in September and reported missing by family members in November.
Her mother Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell were indicted in the case.
Vallow, 46, was arrested in February.
PHOTO: Authorities investigate a house in Salem, Idaho, June 9, 2020, where they uncovered human remains in Chad Daybell's home while investigating the disappearance of his new wife's two children. (Nate Eaton / EastIdahoNews.com via AP)
Daybell, 51, was arrested on Tuesday for two crimes related to the destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence after the remains were found on his property.
Everyone is believed to be a $ 1 million bond.
The case received national attention as it was mysterious and rumors of a cult and other family deaths surfaced.
The enigma about the death of the children remains. The authorities did not immediately respond to ABC News' request to comment on how the children died or whether the Vallow or Daybell fees would be increased.
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Vallow was insulted by the police during the search for the children, even in the early days when the police said they "completely refused" to help.
PHOTO: Lori Vallow finds that Judge Michelle Mallard's loan was rejected on May 1, 2020 during her second hearing at the Madison County District Court in Rexburg, Idaho. (John Roark / The Idaho Post-Register via AP, FILE)
"It's amazing that Lori Vallow chose to leave the state with her new husband instead of working with law enforcement to help us find her own children," said the police, referring to Vallows' sudden Moved to Hawaii with Daybell.
She was also convicted by officials in Hawaii for failing to give birth to her children after being asked to do so by an Idaho court. She spent about a month with Daybell in Hawaii before being arrested by the police on a warrant from the Madison County, Idaho authorities. Vallow was delivered to Idaho.
Vallow has preserved her innocence through a statement from her lawyer and has not pleaded guilty to the charges.
Daybell has not yet made a plea.
PHOTO: Chad Daybell in a booking photo after being arrested on June 9, 2020 for suspicion of hiding or destroying evidence after local and federal investigators searched his property in Rexburg, Idaho. (Rexburg Police Dept.)
Concern over Vallow began long before the children were missing.
Charles Vallow, the adoptive father of JJ, filed for divorce from Lori Vallow in February 2019, according to court records from the Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona.
His lawyer in the trial, Steven Ellsworth, said Charles Vallow "expressed real fear for his life and received an order to protect Lori Vallow at our advice," a statement Ellsworth told ABC News.
His "fear for his life" seemed to be due to statements Lori Vallow made after meeting Daybell.
She once claimed that she was "a god tasked with doing the 144,000 work at Christ's second coming in July 2020" and didn't want to have anything to do with her family "because she had a more important mission to do" according to court records from ABC News.
Daybell is the author of several religious fiction books and has spoken at some folk preparation events.
People's Preparation published a detailed statement on its website in December, which has apparently been deleted and explains that the multimedia company has provided services to a wide range of customers in the past seven years.
"It is not a 'group' and not a 'cult' or something that people join, but there are educational lectures that can be attended or viewed on video," the statement said. "Neither do we share Chad Daybell or Lori Vallow's beliefs if they contradict the Christian principles of honesty, integrity, and truth."
Aside from rumors of a cult, the case made headlines due to numerous family deaths.
Charles Vallow was shot and killed by Lori Vallow's brother Alex Cox on July 11, 2019 at her home in Chandler, Arizona, the police said. Cox was never indicted, and the case was considered self-defense.
Cox was found unresponsive about six months after the shootout on December 11, 2019. He was found at his home in Gilbert, Arizona and later pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed and it was found that Cox died of natural cases.
Between Vallow and Cox's death, Chad Daybell's wife, Tammy Daybell, also died under circumstances that are now considered suspicious. Your autopsy results have not yet been published.
After discovering the remains this week, JJ's grandparents and Lori Vallow's eldest son made a joint statement. They confirmed that the remains were children before the authorities said so publicly.
"We are filled with unfathomable sadness that these two bright stars have been stolen from us, and we only hope that they died without pain or suffering," said the family. "We just found out about the loss of our loved ones and need time to process them."
Human remains of missing children from Idaho were found on Chad Daybell's property: the police originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
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