In a case with more twists and turns than a small town back road, Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell have finally been located. Police made contact with them in Hawaii, but Lori’s children remain missing, according to Rexburg Idaho authorities. The couple is currently not facing any criminal charges, and were eventually released.
Lori’s ex-husband, Charles Vallow, was shot and killed by her brother Alex Cox in July, 2019. He claimed self defense, and Lori corroborated his statements. Her brother also perished mysteriously months later.
Lori moved with the children to eastern Idaho about a month after Charles Vallow’s death. Extended family members became concerned and contacted authorities in November, having not heard from the children since late September.
In early November, Lori Vallow had married Chad Daybell, the author of several religious-themed fiction books about prophecies and the end of the world. Just two weeks after his wife, Tammy Daybell, had suddenly died just one county away.
Family members of Lori Vallow have accused her being in a cult. In court documents she described herself as a religious figure, and claimed that God sent her “to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July of 2020.” Earlier this month, her son Colby Ryan posted a video on YouTube, making an emotional plea to his mother. He begged for any information regarding what happened to his siblings.
Authorities caught up with the delusional Bonnie and Clyde in Hawaii over the weekend. Lori was served with an order from Idaho courts, demanding that she bring the children to an Idaho court room by Thursday or face legal recourse.
“We can further confirm that Tylee and J.J. were not with Lori and Chad and there is no evidence that Tylee and J.J. were ever in Hawaii,” the Rexburg Police Department said in a statement.
Authorities in Idaho are still processing forensic evidence produced from Tammy Daybell’s court ordered exhumation, and the evidence found when a search warrant was executed on Chad‘s property.
For now, sadly, we all wait with baited breath until Thursday.