Lori Vallow’s daughter Tylee’s body was so badly burned when it was discovered in her husband’s backyard that she had to be identified by her jaw line, new court records have revealed.
Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell are in custody in Idaho awaiting trial on charges of concealing evidence and neglecting her children, JJ and Tylee.
Their bodies were found in Daybell’s yard earlier this month but no one has been charged over their deaths. The kids were last seen alive in September.
New court documents that emerged on Tuesday reveal that cops asked Lori where JJ was after he was reported missing by relatives but that Lori lied. She then fled to Hawaii.
The children’s bodies were finally discovered after police tracked cellphone data from Lori’s dead brother Alex Cox. He died in December in mysterious circumstances too.
JJ and Tylee, left, went missing in September and their bodies were found a few weeks ago after police tracked cell phone data from their uncle Alex Cox’s (right) cell phone. He died in December
Chad Daybell, 51, was arrested on June 9 and charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. Lori Vallow Daybell, has been in jail for the last four months, charged with desertion of children and three misdemeanors. Both remain in jail on $1million bail
When they eventually dug up the bodies, seven-year-old JJ’s was easy enough to identify but Tylee’s was decomposed beyond recognition.
‘It was not possible to identify those remains by simply looking at them as they were too damaged by fire and dismemberment and no longer had any recognizable features.
‘However, Dr. Glen Smith, an orthodontist and Deputy Coroner in the Ada County Coroner’s Office was able to identify these remains as belonging to Tylee Ryan by matching an irregular jawline with an X-ray of Tylee when she was alive,’ a police officer wrote about the discovery.
‘Cult’ mom Lori Vallow has been hit with fresh charges after the bodies of her two children were found buried in husband Chad Daybell’s pet cemetery.
Lori was also recorded on bodycam telling police JJ was with her friend, Melanie Gibb, in Arizona, and that Tylee was living with her and attending BYU-Idaho.
Records show Vallow, 46, is now charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.
Rexburg Police officers were seen at Daybell’s home in Salem on Monday around 1.15pm. Daybell’s son Garth was seen moving boxes out the home in the days after his father’s arrest on June 9 as another child of the ‘cult leader’ prepared to move in.
It is not known if Vallow’s new charges relate to Monday’s search.
Officers were seen entering the home and searching exterior buildings on the property including a shed and barn and entering the backyard with cameras.
The officers left around 2.50pm but did not disclose any details of their search or what they were looking for. Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies were assisting Rexburg Police in Monday’s search.
Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood had declined to comment on the warrant.
Monday’s investigation marked the third known time Rexburg Police have searched Daybell’s property. Monday’s search was on a much lower-scale than the warrant served at the same residence on June 9 which led to Daybell’s arrest.
At that investigation scene earlier this month, dozens of officers flanked the home and surrounding roads were closed for two days as Daybell’s property was excavated and police discovered the remains of the two children.
Rexburg Police officers executed a third search warrant at Chad Daybell’s Salem, Idaho property on Monday afternoon. Investigators entered the home, were reportedly seen in the backyard with cameras and searched a shed and barn in the yard
Monday’s investigation marked the third known time Rexburg Police have searched Daybell’s property and is likely linked to the discovery of the remains of wife Lori Vallow’s missing children Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, seven, and Tylee Ryan, 17, earlier this month
Daybell is pictured being placed in cuffs and arrested on June 9 following the grisly discover of the children’s remains
Chad Daybell’s adult son, Garth, was seen moving boxes in and out of the family home in Salem, Idaho, on June 11
The last known sighting of Tylee was on September 8, when she visited Yellowstone National Park with her family. JJ, who would have turned eight last month, was last seen two weeks later on September 23.
Vallow married Daybell less than two months after her kids vanished.
During the previous raid of Daybell’s home on January 3, authorities removed 43 items from the home and combed over several sections of the yard with metal detectors and rakes.
Daybell was arrested June 9 and charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. Vallow has been in jail for the last four months, charged with desertion of children and three misdemeanors.
Both remain in jail on $1million bail.
In this aerial photo, investigators search for human remains at Chad Daybell’s residence in the 200 block of 1900 East in Salem, Idaho on June 9
In this aerial photo, investigators search what appears to be a burn pit and dig near a patch of recently disturbed earth
Tylee was last seen on September 8 when she visited Yellowstone National Park with her family (pictured). JJ was last seen two weeks later on September 23
Daybell’s preliminary hearing is set for July 1 after he entered a not guilty plea on two felony counts of destruction of evidence. His wife also pleaded not guilty and her preliminary hearing is set for July 9.
She and Chad – the prolific Doomsday author, alleged cult leader and former grave digger – have repeatedly refused to say where the children were but insisted that they were safe.
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 seven-year-old JJ, who was autistic, in months.
When officers first went to Lori’s home in Idaho on November 26, she told them that JJ was visiting relatives in Arizona.
Officers returned the following day and found that Lori and the man she married weeks earlier, Chad Daybell, had fled from the home.
Authorities say the couple have repeatedly lied about where JJ and Tylee are and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General’s Office and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the death of Daybell’s wife Tammy, who mysteriously died at the Salem home in October.
Timeline of JJ and Tylee’s disappearance
July 11, 2019: Lori Vallow’s husband, Charles Vallow, is killed by her brother, Alex Cox, in Arizona. Police initially rule that Alex acted in self defense but reopen the case months later after the children are reported missing.
August: Lori moves children JJ and Tylee to Rexburg, Idaho, where her future husband Chad Daybell lives with his wife Tammy.
September 8: The last time Tylee is seen during a trip to Yellowstone National Park with Lori, JJ and Alex. In the following weeks she tells people who ask where Tylee is that she’s studying at Brigham Young University’s Idaho campus.
September 23: The last time JJ is seen at his school in Rexburg. Lori emailed the school the following day and claims she is moving the family to California for a new job.
October 2: Brandon Boudreaux, the ex-husband of Lori’s niece Melanie Pawlowski, is targeted in a drive-by shooting in Arizona. Police identify the vehicle carrying the shooter as a Jeep registered to Charles Vallow, Lori’s late husband.
October 19: Chad’s wife Tammy, 49, dies at their Idaho home. An obituary states that she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Chad declines an autopsy and her death is listed as natural causes.
October 25: A friend of Tylee receives a vague ‘miss you’ text from her phone but says that it didn’t sound like the teen.
November 5: Lori and Chad tie the knot on a beach in Kauai. Receipts indicate that Lori purchased her own wedding ring from Amazon nearly three weeks prior to Tammy’s death.
November 26: Out-of-state relatives ask Idaho police to perform a welfare check on JJ. Lori and Chad claim he is in Arizona with relatives and ask their friend, Melanie Gibb, to lie and say she took the boy there for Thanksgiving. Police soon learn that no one has seen JJ, or his older sister Tylee, since September.
November 27: Police execute a search warrant related to the children at Lori’s home and discover that she and Chad have fled Idaho.
December 11: Tammy’s body is exhumed from a Utah cemetery and her death is reclassified as suspicious.
December 12: Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, is found unresponsive in a bathroom in Arizona and dies. Months later an autopsy determines that he died of natural causes while he had the overdose drug Narcan in his system.
December 21: Rexburg police issue the first press release about JJ and Tylee, revealing they believe their disappearance could be linked to Tammy’s death and asking the public for information.
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 kids are or what happened to them.
January 3, 2020: Police search Chad’s home in Salem and remove 43 items, including tech devices and journals. They also comb over sections of the snow-covered yard with rakes and metal detectors.
January 26: Lori and Chad are seen for the first time in months as police serve them with two search warrants in Kauai. Lori is also served with a court order to produce the children to authorities in Idaho in five days. The couple are approached by the media while officers serve the documents and refuse to say anything about the children.
January 30: Lori misses the court deadline to produce the children to Idaho authorities.
February 20: Lori is arrested in Kauai and charged with two felony counts for desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, and one misdemeanor count each for resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt of court.
March 5: Lori is extradited to Idaho, where she is held on $1million bond at Madison County Jail.
March 17: Lori professes her innocence in a statement through her attorney as two other members of her defense team quit and the judge removes himself from the case.
March 24: Court documents filed in the divorce of Lori’s niece Melani and her husband Brandon Boudreaux allege that Lori told people she believed her children were zombies before they disappeared.
April 9: Authorities reveal they are investigating Lori and Chad for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy in connection with Tammy’s death.
May 25: Idaho police issue a statement expressing hope that the kids will be found safe on what would have been JJ’s eighth birthday.
June 9: Police search Chad’s home in Salem for the second time and discover human remains in the backyard. Chad is taken into police custody and charged with destruction or concealment of evidence.
June 29: Police search Chad’s home in Salem for a third time. Lori faces two additional counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence.