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Lori Vallow Facing New Charges Weeks After Her Missing Children's Bodies Are Found
Although Lori Vallow remains behind bars, she hasn't been charged directly in the deaths of her kids, J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan.
Lori Vallow is facing new charges in connection with the death of her children — just weeks after their bodies were discovered on her husband’s property.
Vallow, an alleged member of an apocalyptic cult, was charged Monday with two counts of conspiracy to commit destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence, the same day an additional search was carried out at Chad Daybell’s home in Salem, Idaho, according to East Idaho News.
A trial court administrator for Freemont County has also confirmed in a statement to media obtained by Oxygen.com that “a case was filed” against Vallow Monday night.
Earlier Monday, Rexburg police officers were seen serving a search warrant at Daybell’s home. Officers searched the house, exterior buildings and backyard of the property before they were seen leaving with brown evidence bags.
The bodies of Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, 7, were found buried on Daybell’s property earlier this month — signaling a heartbreaking end to the months-long search for the missing children.
Tylee’s body had been dismembered and burned on the property while JJ’s remains were wrapped in plastic and bound by duct tape, according to an affidavit of probable cause released in the case.
Daybell and Vallow — who married in November after both of their respective spouses died under mysterious circumstances —are already behind bars.
Daybell, a religious author whose writing often focused on the end of days, was arrested earlier this month after the bodies were discovered. He has been charged with two felony counts of concealment or destruction of evidence.
Vallow was arrested in Kauai, Hawaii in February and was extradited back to Idaho, where she had briefly lived with her children before they disappeared. She’s currently being held on a $1 million bond for two counts of felony desertion and nonsupport of children after she failed to produce the children by a deadline given by authorities.
Authorities have not announced how the children died, but Vallow’s friend Melanie Gibb told police that Vallow believed both children had turned into a “zombie” before they disappeared in September, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Vallow had used the term to refer to someone who had been taken over by a dark spirit.
Vallow and Daybell are also currently under investigation by the Idaho Attorney General’s office for the death of Daybell’s wife Tammy. The 49-year-old died in her sleep in October under what investigators now believe was suspicious circumstances.
Vallow’s fourth husband Charles Vallow was shot to death by her brother Alex Cox last year. Cox — who later died in December — had claimed that the shooting was in self-defense.