Newlyweds Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have been holed up in a multi-million dollar gated community in Hawaii for over a month amid a desperate multi-state search for the cult mother’s two missing children.
Lori and Chad were discovered in Kaua’i over the weekend, two months after they fled from their home in Rexburg, Idaho, in late November when police began questioning the whereabouts of her children – seven-year-old Joshua ‘J.J.’ Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, who have not been seen since September.
The case captured national attention with the revelations that police were also investigating the recent deaths of both of Lori and Chad’s previous spouses and her brother, as well as claims that the couple are members of a dangerous doomsday cult.
Meanwhile, Lori and Chad have been living at a townhome in a gated resort community in Princeville, Hawaii, since mid-December, according to the East Idaho News.
Investigators say there is no evidence that J.J. and Tylee were ever in Hawaii with their mother.
In light of that fact, authorities obtained a court order which requires Lori to physically produce the missing children before a judge in Rexburg, Idaho, by Thursday.
If Lori misses that deadline, she could be arrested on civil or criminal contempt of court charges.
Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have been holed up in this three-bedroom condo at the Kaiulani of Princeville Townhomes in Princeville, Hawaii, since mid-December as police conducted a desperate multi-state search for the mother’s two missing children
Lori and Chad were seen for the first time since news of her children’s disappearance captured national attention in a video recorded after police in Hawaii served them with search warrants on Sunday. The couple refused to say where the children are or confirm that they are alive
Seven-year-old Joshua ‘J.J.’ Vallow (left) and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan (right) were last seen in Rexburg, Idaho, in September. Police say there is no evidence that the children were ever with their mother in Hawaii
Neighbors at the Kaiulani of Princeville Townhomes (pictured) said they rarely saw the couple and were unaware of the investigation surrounding Lori’s missing children until police conducted a search at the couple’s unit on Sunday
Rexburg Police Chief Shane Turman said that law enforcement agencies have known for some time that Lori and Chad were living in Hawaii.
No warrants have been issued for the couple’s arrests and it remains unclear why they waited until now to obtain the court order and search warrants.
Units within the community sell from anywhere between $819,000 and $2.25million.
The resort has a 30-day rental minimum and their specific unit starts at $205 per night and $6,150 per month, according to the Kaiulani website.
The fully-furnished unit spans about 2,865 square feet over two levels with two master bedroom suites, a third guest bedroom, 3.5 baths, a private garden area and a two-car garage.
The property boasts stunning views of the ocean on one side and mountains on the other and is just across the street from the Prince golf course.
Community amenities include three heated swimming pools, a lava rock jacuzzi, two barbecue facilities, a large pavilion and a picturesque garden studded with waterfalls and ponds.
Neighbors said they rarely saw the couple and were unaware of the investigation surrounding Lori’s missing children until police conducted a search at the couple’s unit.
Lori and Chad’s fully-furnished unit spans about 2,865 square feet over two levels with two master bedroom suites, a third guest bedroom, 3.5 baths, a private garden area and a two-car garage. A similar unit is seen in a photo on the Kaiulani of Princeville Townhomes website
The interior of a similar unit is shown above. It costs a minimum of $6,150 per month to rent
Rexburg Police Chief Shane Turman said that law enforcement agencies have known for some time that Lori and Chad were living in Hawaii
Police in Kaua’i on Sunday served Lori and Chad with two search warrants – one for their vehicle and one for their townhome.
They were stopped while driving a black Ford Explorer along the Kuhio Highway and pulled into the Kaua’i Beach Resort, where officers handed them the warrants.
Lori was placed into one police vehicle and Chad into another as a tow truck came to seize their SUV – but both were released soon after.
Federal, Idaho and Hawaii officers then went to the couple’s townhome about 16 miles away in Princeville to execute a search warrant there.
Police declined to say what they were searching for or if any evidence was found.
The ongoing investigation is being led by the Rexburg Police Department with assistance from the Kaua’i Police Department and the FBI.
Lori and Chad were seen for the first time since the children’s disappearance captured nationwide attention in video recorded by the East Idaho News at the scene where police delivered the warrants on Sunday.
They stayed silent and kept walking as a reporter repeatedly asked them where the children are and if they are alive.
Lori, dressed in a tank top, cropped leggings, sandals and sunglasses, was carrying one of the warrants, as well as a plastic bag with a large amount of cash she’d removed from the car before it was towed.
The mother only spoke once after the reporter said that people eastern Idaho and across the country are praying for J.J. and Tylee.
‘That’s great,’ she replied.
Chad kept his mouth shut throughout the entire exchange, merely grimacing when the reporter mentioned his previous wife, who died two weeks before he married Lori.
Sean Batholick, an attorney for Chad and Lori, declined to comment on the latest developments, the East Idaho News said.
Police served Lori and Chad with two search warrants on Sunday in Kaua’i
Officers are seen confronting the couple next to their SUV in a resort parking lot
Police loaded the couple’s Ford Explorer onto a tow truck after an initial search
Lori and Chad stayed silent as an East Idaho News reporter repeatedly asked them where the children are and if they are alive
It’s unclear why authorities chose to serve the search warrants now.
Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries told the East Idaho News that the timing had nothing to do with the investigation into Tammy Daybell’s death.
The search warrants were served the same day multiple news outlets reported that Chad’s family had received a copy of Tammy’s autopsy report.
Humphries disputed those reports, saying that the autopsy results are still pending and no one has seen them.
Lori’s former sister-in-law, Kay Woodcock, told the East Idaho News she had guessed the Daybells were living in Hawaii but wasn’t entirely sure until she saw the video of the police confrontation in Kaua’i.
Woodcock said Princeville was Lori’s favorite place on the island, and that the mother had stayed there with Tylee for a about a month last year after her previous husband, Charles Vallow, filed for divorce in February 2019.
She speculated that Lori and Chad may have been headed to the airport when they were pulled over by police.
Woodcock and her husband, Larry, are preparing to fly to Rexburg later this week for the court hearing where Lori is supposed to appear with her kids.
She said they are hopeful that the mother will follow through so they finally get confirmation that the kids are okay.
‘The only way we’ve been able to get through this is we have very strong faith in God,’ Woodcock said.
‘We have a very strong support army of friends and family and everybody that has emailed or texted – plus perfect strangers that are so compassionate.’
J.J. and Tylee (pictured together) were last seen in Rexburg, Idaho, on September 23 but were never reported missing by their mother
J.J. and Tylee were last seen in Rexburg, Idaho, on September 23 but were never reported missing by their mother.
Authorities began searching for the children in late November after performing a welfare check ordered by concerned relatives who said they hadn’t spoken to J.J., who is autistic, in months.
Timeline of Joshua and Tylee’s disappearance
July 11: Lori Vallow’s husband, Charles Vallow, killed in self-defense by her brother, Alex Cox, in Arizona following an argument between the three people
August: The last time Joshua’s grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock, said they saw the boy via FaceTime
August: September: Lori moved children Joshua and Tylee to Rexburg, Idaho
September 23: The last time Joshua was seen at his school in Idaho
October: Activity found on a Venmo account that may belong to Tylee
October 19: Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, dies at their home in Rexburg. Officials rule her death to be of natural causes
October 22: Tammy is buried in Springville, Utah
October 25: A friend of Tylee receives a text from her phone
Early November: Lori and Chad get married
November 26: Out-of-state relatives ask Idaho police to perform a welfare check on Joshua. Lori and Chad claim he is in Arizona with a family friend. Police also learn Tylee has not been seen since September, either
November 27: Police execute a search warrant at Lori and Chad’s home, discovering the couple have fled the city
December 11: Tammy Daybell’s body is exhumed from the Utah cemetery
December 12: Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, believed to have died in Arizona
December 21: Rexburg police issue a press release about J.J. and Tylee, revealing they believe the children’s disappearance is linked to the death of Tammy Daybell
December 24: Lori and Chad issue a statement through an attorney saying they love their son and daughter and look forward to addressing ‘allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor’
December 30: Police accuse Lori and Chad of lying to investigators and say they believe the couple know where the children are or what happened to them
January 26: Lori and Chad are seen for the first time in months as police serve two search warrants in Kaua’i
When officers first went to Lori’s home in Idaho on November 26, she told them that J.J. was visiting relatives in Arizona – which investigators say was a lie.
Officers returned the following day and found that Lori and Chad – who tied the knot early that month – had fled from the home.
Authorities say the couple have repeatedly lied about where J.J. and Tylee are and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
It has since emerged they had told people Tylee was dead and that Lori has no minor children.
Lori and Chad are considered persons of interest in the children’s disappearance after investigators said they believe the mother knows where her children are or what happened to them.
The couple issued a statement after they went on the run insisting that they’d done nothing wrong.
Police have said there is reason to believe the children are in danger.
The search for J.J. and Tylee uncovered a web of mysterious deaths surrounding Lori and Chad that has baffled investigators for weeks.
The first death is that of Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow, who was shot dead by her brother Alex Cox in Arizona on July 10.
Charles and Lori had gotten into an argument when the father came to pick up J.J. at the mother’s home in Chandler.
Lori’s brother intervened and fatally shot Charles.
Police initially determined that he acted in self defense – but the case was reopened amid the multi-state search for J.J. and Tylee, who had moved to Idaho, where Chad lived, with their mother in August.
The second mysterious death was Tammy Daybell – Chad’s previous wife – who was found dead at the couple’s home in Salem, Idaho, on October 19.
An obituary stated that Tammy passed away in her sleep and her cause of death was ruled as natural after Chad reportedly declined an autopsy.
Investigators reopened the case after learning that J.J. and Tylee were missing, as their mother had married Chad just two weeks after Tammy died. They believe the two cases could be linked.
Tammy’s body was exhumed on December 11 and the autopsy results have not yet been released.
On December 12, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, was found dead in Gilbert, Arizona.
The 51-year-old’s death is now under investigation as police wait for an autopsy to determine the cause.
Lori’s estranged husband Charles Vallow (pictured together) was shot dead by her brother, Alex Cox, in July
Chad’s then-wife Tammy Daybell (pictured together) was found dead under mysterious circumstances in October, just two weeks before he married Lori
The string of mysterious deaths have left other relatives in fear for their lives as they suspect Lori and Chad’s alleged links to a doomsday cult may be responsible.
Family members have said that Lori turned into a ‘monster’ after she met Chad, the author of 25 books about the end of the world, and joined a cult called Preparing a People with him around 19 months ago.
Lori was married to Charles at the time that she allegedly joined the cult. The couple separated months later and Charles filed a petition for divorce and for custody of JJ in February 2019.
In court documents, Charles claimed that Lori – referred to as ‘mother’ – had recently become ‘infatuated, at times obsessive, about near death experiences and spiritual visions’.
‘Mother has told Father [Charles] that she is sealed [eternally married] to the ancient Book of Mormon prophet Moroni and that she has lived numerous lives on numerous planets prior to this current life,’ the documents state.
‘Mother also informed Father that she is a translated being who cannot taste death sent by God to lead the 144,000 into the Millennium.
‘Mother believes that she is receiving spiritual revelations and visions to help her gather and prepare those chosen to live in the New Jerusalem after the Great War as prophesied in the book of Revelations.’
Charles also claimed in the petition that Lori had threatened to kill him.
During a January 29 phone conversation, Lori allegedly told Charles that she was a ‘God assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020 and that if Father [Charles] got in her way of her mission she would murder him’, the documents state.
Attorneys who represented Charles during the divorce proceedings recently revealed that their client had predicted either Lori or her brother Alex would kill him.
Speaking to FOX10 earlier this month, lawyer Steven Ellsworth claimed that Charles told him: ‘I’m afraid I’m gonna be killed, and I know who’s gonna do it.
‘I’m telling you, Steve, so that if something happens to me, I wanna make sure you let everyone know that something happens, I’m killed, that it’s my wife Lori and her brother, Alex Cox.’
Five months later, Charles’ prediction came true when Alex killed him.
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Other family members have expressed similar concern for their safety.
Brandon Boudreaux, who was married to Lori’s niece, claims his wife tried to murder him in October after she joined the doomsday cult with her aunt.
On October 2, Brandon was shot at while driving home from the gym in Gilbert, Arizona. The bullet missed his head by mere inches as the shooter fled the scene, according to court documents obtained by The Arizona Republic.
An ongoing police investigation revealed that the shooter was driving a Jeep registered to Charles Vallow.
Brandon has now said he believes the children’s disappearance, the three deaths and his attempted murder are connected to a dangerous religious cult that Chad recruited Lori into.
‘I just don’t know how people can get so wrapped up that they can end up in this space where these people are. It’s just so radical, so different,’ Brandon told The Arizona Republic this week.
Brandon said his ex-wife, Melani Boudreaux, had begun spending time with her aunt’s cult, a radical offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Preparing for People, before she suddenly demanded a divorce over the summer.
‘I thought I had a happy marriage, so it was pretty overwhelming,’ Brandon said.
The parents to four young children were in the middle of divorce proceedings when someone tried to kill him in the October drive-by.