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Chad Daybell arrested after human remains found at his property

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Chad Daybell
Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan
Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan
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Police have blocked direct access to the Daybell house.
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REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE: Chad Daybell, 51, was booked into the Fremont County Jail on a felony charge of destruction or concealment of evidence Tuesday evening.

No bond has been set.

Rexburg Assistant Chief Gary Hagen announced Tuesday investigators have recovered what is believed to be unidentified human remains on Chad Daybell's property in the 200 block of North 1900 East in Fremont County.

The remains have not been identified at this time.

Chad Daybell, who recently married the children's mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, has been taking into custody for questioning. His attorney, Mark Means, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rexburg police, along with investigators from the FBI and the Fremont County Sheriff's Office, were searching Chad Daybell's home for the second time. The search warrant is sealed, and Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagan said in a statement he couldn't reveal details other than to say the search was linked to the disappearance of the children.

investigators are continuing to pursue the propery for any other information related to the case.

Police are not going to answer questions as the investiagtion continues.

Lori Daybell is awaiting trial on charges of child abandonment and obstructing the investigation and has pleaded not guilty. The Idaho attorney general's office announced this year it was investigating Chad Daybell in the death of his wife at the time, Tammy Daybell.

The complicated case began last summer when Lori Daybell's ex-husband Charles Vallow was shot to death by her brother, Alex Cox, in Phoenix. At the time, Cox said the shooting was in self-defense. Charles and Lori Vallow had been estranged, and in divorce documents Charles Vallow claimed Lori believed she had become a god-like figure who was responsible for ushering in the biblical end times. Cox died in December of an apparent blood clot in his lung.

Shortly after Charles Vallow's death, Lori and her children moved to Idaho. Tylee was last seen in September headed into Yellowstone National Park with her mom and other family for a day trip, and JJ was last seen by school officials several days later.

Police began investigating the children's whereabouts after relatives raised concerns. Investigators have said both Chad and Lori Daybell claimed the children were staying with friends.

Tammy Daybell died in her sleep last October of what her obituary said were natural causes. Authorities grew suspicious when Chad Daybell married Lori just two weeks later, and they had Tammy Daybell's body exhumed in December. The results of that autopsy have not been released.

Law enforcement officers first searched Chad Daybell's home on Jan. 3, removing more than 40 items including several pieces of computer equipment.

You can view all our past stories on this HERE.

UPDATE: Witnesses told our reporters Chad Daybell was handcuffed after police pulled him over, and he was escorted from the scene.

His car was towed to a storage facility in Rexburg.

Rexburg Police are serving a search warrant Tuesday morning at the home of Chad Daybell in the 200 block of North 1900 East in Fremont County.

The warrant is being served with the assistance of the FBI and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the disappearance of Tylee Ryan and Joshua Vallow.

The warrant is sealed, so police are not commenting on what specific information authorities are seeking.  

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  1. The theory being that–over the period of time passing since the ‘discovery’ of the crime, the return (from Hawaii) following the flight to avoid–Chad or skank were somehow too STUPID to dispose of material relating TO the crime? 🙁

  2. Come on CSI-Rexburg. Do your thing. Get the evidence so the State can stick a needle in their arm. Better yet, turn them loose in prison and let the general population take care of them. Generally, even hardened criminals don’t abide child killers.

    1. Would be nice, k1dpr, but–I suspect–his arrest is intended mostly as a way to leverage HIS testimony against the creature referred to as “….the children’s mother….” Be interesting to see what his ‘bond’ is. 🙁
      I will admit, I never IMAGINED the ‘human remains’ angle if the search, and assumed the authorities were seeking something more in the way of physical evidence coincidental to the crime, such as a well-concealed remote hard-drive or something.

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