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Police seek help locating 2 endangered children, disappearance may be tied to death investigation

Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan
Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan were last seen on Sept. 23, 2019 in Rexburg. Joshua may go by the nickname JJ. He may be in need of medical attention.
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Joshua and Tylee were last seen on Sept. 23, 2019 in Rexburg. Joshua may go by the nickname JJ. He may be in need of medical attention.

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Rexburg Police Department and the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the possible connection between the death of a Fremont County woman and two missing Rexburg children.

Death Investigation
Family members found Tammy Daybell, 49, dead in her Fremont County home Oct. 19, 2019. At that time, Daybell’s death was believed to be natural.

Daybell was interred in Springville, Utah, on Oct. 22. Subsequent investigation by the FCSO determined Daybell's death may be suspicious. On Dec. 11, Daybell's remains were exhumed by the FCSO, with the assistance of the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner, and an autopsy conducted.

During the course of the death investigation by the FCSO, investigators were made aware that two Rexburg children, ages 7 and 17, were missing.

Investigators determined within a couple weeks of Daybell's death, her surviving husband, Chad Daybell, had married Rexburg resident Lori Vallow, who is the mother of the missing children.

Missing Children Background:
Rexburg police attempted to conduct a welfare check on Joshua Vallow, the adopted 7- year-old special needs son of Lori Vallow, at their residence at 565 Pioneer Road in Rexburg Nov. 26.

The welfare check was being conducted as extended family outside Idaho had not been able to speak with Joshua since September and were concerned.

Investigators from Rexburg police spoke with Lori Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell, who indicated Joshua was staying with a family friend in Arizona.

Investigators left but learned later that day that Joshua had not been staying with the friend as indicated by Lori Vallow.

On Nov. 27, Rexburg police executed search warrants at locations in Rexburg associated with Lori Vallow, in an attempt to locate Joshua.

As the search warrants were being executed, investigators determined Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell had abruptly vacated their residence and left Rexburg.

Police then requested assistance from the FBI in locating Joshua.

Further investigation has determined Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell did not appear to have Joshua with them when they left Rexburg.

Investigators also determined Joshua last attended school at Kennedy Elementary in Rexburg on Sept 23, 2019.

Additionally, investigators learned Lori Vallow has a 17-year-old daughter, Tylee Ryan, who was living with Lori Vallow in Rexburg but has also not been seen since Sept. 2019. Investigators have contacted several members of the children's extended family, but no one has been in contact with the children since Sept.

The children have not been reported missing to any law enforcement agency and attempts to obtain the cooperation of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell in locating the children have been unsuccessful.

Joshua is a 7-year-old with brown hair and brown eyes. He is 4 feet tall and weighs 50 pounds.

Tylee is a 17-year-old with blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 160 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the children since Sept. is asked to contact the Rexburg Police Department, at 1-208-359-3000, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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    1. Maybe for the same reason the ‘welfare check’ on the children didn’t occur on October 19th, when there mother’s death–regardless the REASON–was discovered. Starts sounding a LOT like one of those just-fell-between-the-cracks stories, doesn’t it?

      1. Their mother, Lori Vallow, did not die. Their new step-fathers, Chad Daybell, previous wife, Tammy Daybell, passed from what was thought to be natural causes. She, Tammy, has been exhumed and the investigation into her death is ongoing. Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell (Tammys widower) skipped town after being questioned about the whereabouts of Lori’s two children, Joshua and Tylee. Furthermore the children’s birth father was killed by Lori’s brother some time ago in an incident claimed to be self defense where Lori was a witness.

  1. Sure hope this turns out better than I’m afraid it will. The time frames involved here seem….odd(?).

    As the young boy, at least, should have been attending school during the time subsequent his mother’s death, it would seem, again, odd, that no school officials pursued this beyond what was most likely a lie, if they even CONTACTED the father.

    The couple’s departure from Rexburg factors in the flight equals guilt formula, and I’m unsure why the ‘….investigators left….’ without first verifying via a phone call that the boy was where they were told he was in Arizona. At that time, the lie would have been discovered and one or more of the couple could have been detained/arrested for obstruction (lying to the police. There still seems to be a pervasive it-can’t-happen-here attitude which–in THIS day and age–is pure folly! Remember that animal in Colorado that murdered his wife and children because they ‘interfered with its getting laid? It wasn’t from the ‘big city’. It ain’t just in the ‘big cities’ anymore, folks. Horror is contagious and never checks the census!

    1. Their mother, Lori Vallow, did not die. Their new step-fathers, Chad Daybell, previous wife, Tammy Daybell, passed from what was thought to be natural causes. She, Tammy, has been exhumed and the investigation into her death is ongoing. Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell (Tammys widower) skipped town after being questioned about the whereabouts of Lori’s two children, Joshua and Tylee. Furthermore the children’s birth father was killed by Lori’s brother some time ago in an incident claimed to be self defense where Lori was a witness.

  2. This is a real weird story and I don’t have a good feeling about it at all.

    The missing children’s mother, Lori Vallow, lied about where her children are. Their new step-father, Chad Daybell, his previous wife, Tammy Daybell, passed from what was thought to be natural causes. Chad married Lori only weeks after his wife ‘died in her sleep’ at 49 yrs young. She, Tammy, has been exhumed and the investigation into her death is ongoing. Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell (Tammys widower) skipped town after being questioned about the whereabouts of Lori’s two children, Joshua and Tylee. Furthermore Joshua’s birth father was killed by Lori’s brother some time ago in an incident claimed to be self defense where Lori was the only other witness.

    Oh and Chad Daybell is apparently an accomplished religious author and speaker. Owned his own publishing company at some point. Also, he has 5 children with his deceased wife, and 3 grandchildren. What in the hell did he do or get mixed up in?

  3. The children that are missing do not belong to the deceased!! They belong to the woman that the deceased woman’s husband married shortly after her death! I feel that there will not be a good outcome for these children!! I pray that they don’t/didn’t suffer!!!

  4. The truth is that none of us ever want to admit that something is wrong with the people that we love. People fool us every day. The only thing that is guaranteed is that these children are not at fault. And no matter who your pray to, you should be praying for their return to a life that will bring them happiness.

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