The human remains found in doomsday author Chad Daybell's yard belong to his missing stepchildren, JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, their family says
Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan in undated file photos published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
On Tuesday, human remains were found in the backyard of doomsday writer Chad Daybell in Idaho.
His two stepchildren JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan were last seen in September. Her mother Lori Vallow was arrested in February.
Relatives of JJ and Tylee told reporters on Wednesday that the remains found in Daybell's yard belonged to the children.
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Relatives of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan said the two human remains found on the property of Doomsday novelist Chad Daybell in Idaho came from the two children, The Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
JJ, 7, and his sister Tylee, 17, were last seen in September.
Daybell was arrested on Tuesday for two cases of evidence destruction or veiling and appeared in court on Wednesday. During the hearing, a prosecutor said that the remains on the property were from two children and that one of the bodies was "particularly enormously" hidden, East Idaho News reported. Daybell's bail was set at $ 1 million.
The children's mother, Lori Vallow, was arrested in February for child abuse after the Idaho authorities said she refused to bring her missing children. She and Daybell were on vacation in Hawaii when it turned out their children were missing.
"During the investigation, detectives and investigators may have found human remains that were not yet identified," said Gary Hagen, the deputy chief of police in Rexburg, Idaho, on Tuesday. "I would like to add that Chad Daybell, who lives in this residence, was also detained for questioning."
Police said Tuesday that an autopsy would identify the remains. On Wednesday, Kay Woodcock, JJ's grandmother, Justin Lum, told a Fox 10 reporter in Phoenix, Arizona, that her grandson's remains were found on Daybell's property.
Lum said he later received a statement from the Vallow and Ryan families, confirming that the other remains were from Tylee.
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Police converted Daybell's rural Idaho property on Tuesday to execute a search warrant. The investigators dug up land in the back yard and found the bodies of two children.
While investigators have not confirmed the bodies' identities, Rexburg Mayor Jerry Merrill said during an interview with ABC4 on Tuesday that it was "a sad day for the people who knew these children".
"It's a sad day for Rexburg, of course you know to find out the news about the kids," said Merrill. "But on the other hand, it's a good day in the sense that it's good to try to bring the family and this story to a close."
The secret of the Vallow case has caught the attention of people around the world.
Vallow, who is associated with the Doomsday group Preparing the People and claims to have supernatural powers, fled her home in Idaho to a vacation home in Hawaii in November when the police came to check on JJ.
Vallow and Daybell are the focus of several investigations into the deaths of their former spouses.
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