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Officials confirm recovered bodies are those of missing children

Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan
Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan

REXBURG, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - Rexburg Police say results of an autopsy have confirmed that the two sets of human remains discovered on Chad Daybell's Salem property Tuesday were those of Tylee Ryan, 17, and J.J. Vallow, 7.

The two children were last seen alive last September.

The bodies were recovered during an early morning search of Daybell's property on June 9. They were taken to the medical examiner's office where an autopsy was conducted and their identies confirmed.

Their mother, Lori Vallow, is being held in the Madison County Jail on charges of desertion of the children.

Chad Daybell was arrested this week on charges of obstructing an investigation in Fremont County.

Neither has yet been charged in connection with the childrens' deaths.

Police say their investigation of the case is ongoing.

In an official statement Saturday, Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagen said, " It is not the outcome we had hoped; to be able to find the children safe. Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of JJ and Tylee."

You can view the full police announcement here.

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  1. “Their mother, Lori Vallow, is being held in the Madison County Jail on charges of desertion of the children.”
    Here’s hoping that–very SOON–its charges, along with those of its mate, will be ‘upgraded’! I do actually believe this is that ONE time that prosecutors actually WILL prosecute, rather than just cut various ‘deals’ with the creatures’ lawyers. Sure hope so, anyway. 🙁

    1. The deals will likely be cut with the other adults living on the property that cannot possibly be ignorant about what happened, and most likely helped. Unfortunately, they are also likely to be breeders, so the next generation isn’t safe either. Idaho places very little value on its women and children – hopefully the national attention on this case will force some actual justice.

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