Investigators discovered human remains at an Idaho home connected to Lori Vallow and her missing children, and now her newest husband is in custody.
Vallow’s children — Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, who recently turned 8 — vanished in September and she has been unable to produce them despite a court order to do so.
Police held a brief news conference Tuesday afternoon wherein they said that Vallow’s fifth and current husband Chad Daybell was taken into custody for questioning. Rexburg Police Chief Shane Turman told reporters that a search warrant was served on the Salem home, which Turman described as Daybell's residence, during the ongoing investigation into Vallow's missing children.
Rexburg Police have confirmed "charges are pending" according to local CNN affiliate KIFI/KIDK.
The remains have not been identified.
Daybell was pulled over by the home Tuesday morning, cuffed and put into a police car, witnesses told EastIdahoNews.com.
Vallow, sometimes referred to as Lori Daybell or Lori Vallow Daybell, has been in custody since her February arrest in Kauai after she failed to prove to a court that her children were okay. While she was initially booked on a $5 million bond for felony child abandonment, misdemeanor resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime and contempt of court charges, her bond was later reduced to $1 million.
In addition to the missing children, there are other strange circumstances surrounding the case. Vallow’s ex-husband Charles Vallow was shot to death by her brother, Alex Cox, last summer. Cox, who claimed the shooting was in self-defense, died in December from an apparent blood clot. Daybell’s former wife Tammy Daybell died in her sleep last October from apparent natural causes. However, officials had her body exhumed in December after they grew suspicious of her death. Her death has been deemed as possibly suspicious, KSL in Utah reported in March.
Court documents filed as part of a custody dispute between Vallow’s niece, Melani Boudreaux Pawlowski, and her former husband Brandon Boudreaux claims that Vallow and Daybell are part of a religious cult along with Pawlowski. He also claimed that Vallow believed her children were possessed by zombies.
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