Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell are now being investigated by the Idaho Attorney General’s Office in connection with possible conspiracy and either murder or attempted murder.
Fremont County Prosecuting Attorney Marcia Murdoch put in a request to the Attorney General’s office earlier this month for assistance in an investigation into the death of Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, who died suddenly on Oct. 19, according to East Idaho News.
The death was initially thought to be the result of natural causes, but investigators have now deemed the death suspicious and exhumed her body from the Springville Evergreen Cemetery in December.
No formal charges have been filed against Vallow or Chad in connection with Tammy’s death; however, the attorney general’s office has agreed to assist in the investigation and will now assume full responsibility and authority for the case, according to a letter obtained by the outlet.
“All decisions regarding the case shall be the responsibility of the AG,” the letter said.
As part of the agreement, Freemont County will agree to pay the costs associated with the investigation except for the salaries of those at the attorney general’s office.
Just weeks after Tammy died suddenly, Chad married Vallow and the two moved to Hawaii where they were staying when Vallow was arrested on separate charges in February.
Vallow is currently being held on a $1 million bond on two counts of felony child abandonment after failing to produce her missing children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow by a deadline given by authorities.
The children were last seen in Idaho in September. Investigators have said the newlywed couple has refused to cooperate with authorities about their current whereabouts.
Ryan was last seen during a family outing to Yellowstone National Park on Sept. 8, 2019, according to an affidavit of probable cause released by the Madison County Prosecuting Attorney.
Her brother J.J. was last seen a few weeks later on Sept. 23 at Kennedy Elementary School, where he had been enrolled just several weeks earlier. The following day, Lori told the school that J.J. would no longer be attending the school because she planned to homeschool him, according to the affidavit.
Earlier this month, Lori Vallow’s attorney Mark Means filed another motion to try to reduce her bail.
Despite an online report by The Sun Monday that claimed Vallow was set to “walk free” amid COVID-19 concerns, Madison County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Issac Payne told the East Idaho News that Vallow would not be released because of COVID-19.
She is scheduled for a bond reduction hearing on Friday.
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