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Family of Chad Daybell’s dead wife still have no answers on cause of death

Six months have now passed since the body of Doomsday author Chad Daybell’s wife was exhumed to see if she was poisoned and her death could be linked to the Idaho ‘Cult Mom’ case.

Yet, even though autopsy results were expected by February, Tammy Daybell’s family has still to receive any word.

‘We’re holding our breath,’ her father Ron Douglas told DailyMail.com at his home in Springville, Utah. ‘We’ve heard nothing. Nobody’s talking.’

Now that the bodies of two children of Daybell’s new wife Lori Vallow — who he married less than three weeks after Tammy’s death — have been discovered on the same Idaho property where she died last year, new questions are being raised, but no one is giving answers.

The body of Chad Daybell’s dead wife Tammy Daybell was exhumed six months ago, but there is still no word on cause of death, her family tells DailyMail.com

Tammy has now been re-interred next to her grandparents with a grave marker that says: 'Tammy was a beloved wife and mother, devoted daughter and sister and friend to all animals'

Tammy has now been re-interred next to her grandparents with a grave marker that says: ‘Tammy was a beloved wife and mother, devoted daughter and sister and friend to all animals’

Daybell, 51, was arrested earlier this month, four months after his wife Lori Vallow, 46, was arrested in Hawaii and extradited back to Idaho on charges of child neglect. Daybell has pleaded not guilty

Daybell, 51, was arrested earlier this month, four months after his wife Lori Vallow, 46, was arrested in Hawaii and extradited back to Idaho on charges of child neglect. Daybell has pleaded not guilty

The remains of Tylee, 17, and JJ, seven, were discovered buried in the backyard of Lori's husband, Chad Daybell, at his home in Salem, Idaho

The remains of Tylee, 17, and JJ, seven, were discovered buried in the backyard of Lori’s husband, Chad Daybell, at his home in Salem, Idaho

‘I knew Chad and I couldn’t really believe he would kill her to marry someone else — but it looks suspicious,’ Suzanne Freeman, a published author and close friend of the Daybells told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview.

‘I’m not going to say he killed her because we don’t know for sure,’ added Freeman, 54. ‘But I do want to see Tammy have a voice. I want her family to know that people around the world know she is a victim in this.

Suzanne Freeman, 54, of Provo, Utah, first met Daybell 16 years ago when she was looking for a publisher to take on her book about the near-death experience she had during an ectopic pregnancy in 1999

Friend of Daybell’s, Suzanne Freeman, 54, says ‘I knew Chad and I couldn’t really believe he would kill her to marry someone else — but it looks suspicious’

‘How humiliating is it to have a family member die and then find out that your father or brother got married two weeks later?

‘What disrespect for the person that passed away.’

Tammy Daybell died in Salem, in sparsely populated Fremont County, Idaho, on October 19 last year. 

County coroner Brenda Dye initially ruled it as due to natural causes and allowed her to be buried without an autopsy.

But when Chad remarried and it was discovered that his new wife’s two younger children Tylee Ryan and Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow had disappeared, Dye decided to have the body exhumed for testing and sent the body to the coroner’s office in Ada County, which covers the state capital, Boise.

A spokeswoman there told DailyMail.com she had to refer any comment back to Dye, who has consistently refused to talk about the case. She referred calls to Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries who said he has no idea when the autopsy results will be released.

Tammy, who was training to run in a 5K, died at the home she shared with her husband. She was just 49. Her obituary said she ‘passed away peacefully in her sleep.’

‘She was into healthy living, very fit — and then all of a sudden we hear she has died,’ one friend in nearby Rexburg told DailyMail.com. ‘It didn’t make sense then and it doesn’t make sense now.’

Daybell, 51, married, Vallow, 46, just 17 days after his wife’s death in a beach ceremony in Hawaii. 

Jeani Martin, who the couple approached to rent an apartment on the island of Kauai two days after the wedding, said the couple appeared ‘giddy with happiness,’ being openly affectionate with each other in public. 

‘Chad and Lori were acting like two teenagers let loose from their parents,’ she told DailyMail.com.

Daybell, 51, married, Vallow, 46, just 17 days after his wife's death in a beach ceremony in Hawaii

Daybell, 51, married, Vallow, 46, just 17 days after his wife’s death in a beach ceremony in Hawaii

Jeani Martin, who the couple approached to rent an apartment on the island of Kauai two days after the wedding, said the couple appeared 'giddy with happiness,' being openly affectionate with each other in public

Jeani Martin, who the couple approached to rent an apartment on the island of Kauai two days after the wedding, said the couple appeared ‘giddy with happiness,’ being openly affectionate with each other in public

Lori  Vallow is currently behind bars on charges of neglect and desertion

Lori  Vallow is currently behind bars on charges of neglect and desertion

It now seems that Tammy was alive when the children’s charred bodies were buried on the property where she was living. 

According to a probable cause affidavit from Detective Ron Ball, a cell phone belonging to Alex Cox — Lori’s brother — pinged at the site early on September 9, a day after Tylee, 17, was last seen alive in the exact spot where one of the bodies was discovered. Daybell texted Tammy that morning to tell her he was burying a dead raccoon.

Cox’s phone pinged again on September 23 on the property at the spot where the second body was found. The previous day Lori’s friend David Warwick had seen Cox carry JJ — who he thought was asleep — into Lori’s apartment in Rexburg. The next morning the boy was gone and he was never seen again.

Tammy Daybell died 25 days later.

Cox, who shot and killed Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow in July last year in what was said to be a domestic argument, died from a blood clot in Arizona on December 12. He was 51.

Suspicions into Tammy’s death were raised when Vallow refused to reveal the whereabouts of Tylee and JJ last year.

Vallow was finally arrested in Hawaii on February 20. Daybell wasn’t held until June 9 after Tylee and JJ’s bodies were discovered.

Daybell, 51, a former gravedigger, has been charged with destroying or concealing evidence while his new wife is charged with desertion, obstruction and solicitation. Both are being held on $1 million bail, while prosecutors consider laying more serious charges.

Tammy, who was training to run in a 5K, died at the home she shared with her husband. She was just 49. Her obituary said she 'passed away peacefully in her sleep'

Tammy, who was training to run in a 5K, died at the home she shared with her husband. She was just 49. Her obituary said she 'passed away peacefully in her sleep'

Tammy, who was training to run in a 5K, died at the home she shared with her husband. She was just 49. Her obituary said she ‘passed away peacefully in her sleep’

‘She was into healthy living, very fit — and then all of a sudden we hear she has died,’ one friend in nearby Rexburg told DailyMail.com. ‘It didn’t make sense then and it doesn’t make sense now’

Tammy's body was exhumed from its grave under a sycamore tree in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville on December 11

Tammy’s body was exhumed from its grave under a sycamore tree in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville on December 11

DailyMail.com unearthed this photo of Chad Daybell digging a grave from when he worked as a grave digger in 1998, which he described as 'rewarding'

DailyMail.com unearthed this photo of Chad Daybell digging a grave from when he worked as a grave digger in 1998, which he described as ‘rewarding’

Tammy’s body was exhumed from its grave under a sycamore tree in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville on December 11.

Lori's estranged husband Charles Vallow was killed by her brother in July last year in what was said to be a domestic argument

Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow was killed by her brother in July last year in what was said to be a domestic argument

She has now been re-interred next to her grandparents with a grave marker that says: ‘Tammy was a beloved wife and mother, devoted daughter and sister and friend to all animals.’

The marker carries an engraving of a mother Indian Runner Duck — Tammy’s favorite —followed by five ducklings to mark the five children she had with Daybell.

No one can explain why the autopsy has taken so long. Ron Douglas said: ‘My thought is that the embalming fluids had two months to do their job and basically they are having to reverse engineer. I can only guess what kind of chemistry is going on.’

Douglas said he did not want to discuss his views on his daughter’s death at this stage. ‘Right now, we are not ready,’ he said.

Sheriff Humphries told DailyMail.com: ‘There are a lot of variables and I am not an expert in toxicology. It could be any time.’

Humphries told DailyMail.com in January that the autopsy would determine whether Tammy had been poisoned.

‘We’re looking for poison, but we are just having to wait for lab results,’ he said at the time. He said then that he expected the autopsy results in February. Now he says: ‘I don’t have a timeline.’

Sheriff Len Humphries told DailyMail.com in January that the autopsy would determine whether Tammy had been poisoned

Sheriff Len Humphries told DailyMail.com in January that the autopsy would determine whether Tammy had been poisoned

Investigators found the remains of JJ and Tylee after excavating the backyard of Chad Daybell's property last week (pictured)

Investigators found the remains of JJ and Tylee after excavating the backyard of Chad Daybell’s property last week (pictured)

Before her death, Tammy Daybell posted about this creepy encounter she had with a man in a ski mask in her driveway

Before her death, Tammy Daybell posted about this creepy encounter she had with a man in a ski mask in her driveway 

After Tammy's death, Chad posted a note on Facebook, saying: 'I am saddened to share that my beautiful, talented wife Tammy passed away early this morning in her sleep'

After Tammy’s death, Chad posted a note on Facebook, saying: ‘I am saddened to share that my beautiful, talented wife Tammy passed away early this morning in her sleep’

Suspicion about Tammy’s death has been rife for months. Melanie Gibb, a friend of both Chad and Lori who is now working with authorities, told the East Idaho News that Lori knew that Chad was married when the pair first started dating.

‘She was uncomfortable with it. She believed that Tammy was going to pass away though,’ said Gibb, who declined to speak to DailyMail.com. She said Chad had predicted that Tammy would die in a car crash.

When that didn’t happen, Vallow still moved to Idaho to be near her lover, taking Tylee and JJ with her. But shortly after the start of the school year in September last year she pulled JJ from the local education system.

When Gibb, 49, heard of Tammy’s death she wasn’t surprised. ‘I didn’t know how they did it, but I knew it was part of the plan that she was supposed to pass away. Other people knew she was supposed to pass away because Chad knew this information for quite a while.’

‘Their whole goal was to get together,’ added Gibb, who lives in Gilbert, Arizona. ‘They expressed to me many times that Tammy would be OK with this as she passed on

‘(They said) she may not remember it now, but … she had a mission to fulfill on that (the other) side, so they both felt that was where she was supposed to go.’

Melanie Gibb, a friend of both Chad and Lori who is now working with authorities, told the East Idaho News that Lori knew that Chad was married when the pair first started dating

Melanie Gibb, a friend of both Chad and Lori who is now working with authorities, told the East Idaho News that Lori knew that Chad was married when the pair first started dating

County coroner Brenda Dye (pictured) initially ruled Tammy's death as due to natural causes and allowed her to be buried without an autopsy

County coroner Brenda Dye (pictured) initially ruled Tammy’s death as due to natural causes and allowed her to be buried without an autopsy

After Tammy’s death, Chad posted a note on Facebook, saying: ‘I am saddened to share that my beautiful, talented wife Tammy passed away early this morning in her sleep. ‘

‘It is a shock to all of us,’ he added, despite his prediction that she was going to die. ‘She was so wonderful in every way!’

Mandy Fowler, another friend of Tammy’s, told KSL TV that Tammy, a librarian at Central Elementary School in Sugar City, Idaho, had seemed distant and distracted the last time she spoke to her.

She said that Tammy’s daughter had told her no-one knew the cause of death and that ‘pink foam was coming out of her mouth.’

Despite that, and despite the fact Tammy was so young and healthy, some claim Daybell successfully persuaded coroner Dye not to perform any autopsy. 

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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