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Chad Daybell day 24: Testimonies focus on cell phone data, calls


BOISE, Idaho (KIFI) - It's day 24 in the Chad Daybell murder trial.

FBI Special Agent Rick Wright was back on the stand this morning.

He testified about phone locations, and data he says shows Alex Cox was on Chad Daybell's property at the time investigators believe Tylee Ryan was burned and buried.

During cross-examination, Chad's attorney, John Prior, asked about the infamous raccoon text that Chad sent to Tammy Daybell.

The text mentioned how Chad and Alex were burning tree limbs and then shooting and burying a raccoon in their pet cemetery.

Prior asked if investigators looked for or found a raccoon.

Wright said he was not aware of it.

Prosecutor Lindsey Blake asked about the same text message.

Blake: "And, again, was this message sent around the same time, or shortly after the device associated with Alex Cox was at the property?”

Wright: “Yes.”

Blake: “So at least on Monday, September 9, it appeared Chad would have been at his residence?”

Wright: “It appears from this message. Yes.”

Blake: “And you were asked about whether or not you found the remnants of a raccoon. Do you recall that?

Wright: “Yes.

Blake: “In reality, were you ever looking for a raccoon?

Wright: “No, we had a search warrant for only certain items. I believe included a raccoon.”

Blake: “In reality, were you looking for missing children?

Wright: “Yes.”

Blake: “Did you, in fact, find those missing children's remains on Chad Daybell’s property?

“Yes, we found a human remains for two children on the property and we seized our search at the property after we found those two children."

We also heard recordings of jailhouse calls between Chad and Lori. 

In one of those calls, Lori asks Chad for reassurance that their plan will be completed.

Lori Vallow: “Ultimately, what I need from you is that a project is going to be finished, and everything is gonna be fine, and it's gonna work out.”

Chad: “That's what he said.”

Lori: “I need you to tell me that every day several times,”

Chad: “Ok? My sweet, lovely Lolo, things are going to work out not just because he says so but because I know so it's a marvelous, plan.”

Lori: “How do you know?”

Chad: “How do I know? it's been shown to me, honey.”

Detectives believe that the *he that they are referring to in that call is Alex Cox who was dead, but Chad and Lori believed he was helping them as a spirit. 

You can view a timeline of events and all our past stories on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow-Daybell HERE.

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