Lori Vallow's children were reported missing since November 2019. The story of 7-year-old Tylee Ryan and her 7-year-old brother, Joshua "JJ" Vallow was bizarre and followed many twists and turns as authorities sought to uncover their whereabouts. There were doomsday beliefs, mysterious deaths of spouses, and travel back and forth between the mainland and Hawaii.
On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, the Rexburg Police Department, along with Fremont Sheriff's Office and the FBI served a search warrant on Chad Daybell's home in Fremont County. He is the husband of Lori Vallow, the mother of the missing children. JJ and Tylee were found dead on the property. The news was first disclosed to the extended family of the children before police officially confirmed the remains belonged to the missing children.
"It is with heavy hearts that we now confirm that those remains have now been officially identified as those of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan," Rexburg police said in a press release .
Lori Vallow Daybell was arrested earlier this year and charged with counts including felony child abandonment. Chad Daybell faces two charges of destroying or concealing evidence. Both are jailed and awaiting trial in Idaho. Court documents were unsealed on Friday, June 19, 2020, that disclose more disturbing details on what actually happened.
The probably cause affidavits have alleged that Lori Vallow believed her children were zombies and that she was on a mission to rid the world of such creatures.
The affidavit states that the remains of one of the children were found wrapped in plastic and sealed with duct tape. The other was burned and buried next to a pet cemetery on the property. The Daybells believed that they were on a mission on which they were leading the “144,000” and ridding “the world of ‘zombies.’’’
Much of the information in the documents has come from Lori Vallow's friend, Melani Gibb, who has been cooperating with police for some time now. Gibbs said that in the days leading up to the disappearance of the children Lori called both JJ and Tylee zombies.
It is explained in the affidavit that a “zombie refers to an individual whose mortal spirit has left their body and that their body is now the host of another spirit.”
Lori told Gibbs that JJ had become a zombie, loved Satan, and had “an increased vocabulary”, which was further evidence that JJ was a zombie. Gibbs noted that JJ’s behavior was the same as she had always seen him.
Local Idaho reporter Nate Eaton disclosed to Fox Nation a little more in detail "We know that JJ was wrapped in plastic. He was wrapped in duct tape. There was a white plastic bag over his head," Eaton told Fox.
Tylee's remains showed signs of torture as well, according to Eaton.
"Tylee's remains were burned," he said. "She was dismembered. She was buried in the ground. It's not like these bodies were simply buried in a decent manner. They were tortured, in a way."
Using cell phone data, police were able to trace the phone of Lori's now-deceased brother, Alex Cox. He was first tracked at Lori's home shortly after midnight on September 9, 2019, which was the same day that Tylee was last seen. Later that same morning his cell phone was at the same spot where investigators on Chad Daybell's property, dug up bricks and then uncovered human bones and partially charred tissue buried near cat and dog remains.
Just four minutes after he left, a text between Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow was uncovered that reads “I felt I should burn all of the limb debris by the fire pit before it got too soaked by the coming storms, While I did so, spotted big raccoon along the fence. I hurried and got my gun, and he was still walking along. I got close enough that one shot did the trick. He is now in our pet cemetery. Fun times!”
The Daybells return to court in July. Neither Chad Daybell nor Lori Vallow has been charged with murder.