The oldest sibling of two missing Idaho children begged his mom to “do the right thing” in a video posted to YouTube this week, several months after the children disappeared.
“I know you know what the right thing to do is and I know you have a good heart, so I know that it’s time to do the right thing,” Colby Ryan said in the video titled simply, “Mom.”
Ryan’s siblings Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, have been missing since September. The Rexburg Police Department has said they believe the siblings’ mom, Lori Vallow Daybell, “either knows the location of the children or what has happened to them,” but has “refused to work with law enforcement,” according to a release from the department.
Last week, Rexburg Police publicly called on Vallow Daybell and her new husband Chad Daybell to “do the right thing” and “come forward with information” they may have about the missing children, local station KSTU reports.
This week, her oldest son followed suit, posting an emotional plea to YouTube.
“I can’t tell you how hurt and frustrated and confused I am about what’s going on,” he said in the video.
Ryan said he grew up with Vallow Daybell and his siblings, but now “can’t even fathom” what has happened to the family.
“We had a life and it seems like that life never existed at this point,” he said.
Throughout the video, Ryan, who wore a red Kansas City Chiefs T-shirt, repeatedly tells his mom he needs the ordeal to be over.
“I want you to end this,” he said. “I want you to end it for everybody, for the kids, for yourself, for all of us.”
It has been a tumultuous year for the family. This summer, Vallow Daybell’s husband, Charles Vallow, was shot to death by Vallow Daybell’s brother, who told authorities he had been acting in self-defense. The killing remains under investigation.
Just months before he was killed, Charles Vallow had filed court documents stating his concern for his children’s welfare in light of his wife’s newfound religious beliefs.
“Mother [Lori Vallow] has recently become infatuated at times obsessive about near death experiences and spiritual visions,” the court documents filed in February 2019 and obtained by KSTU read. “Mother has told father [Charles Vallow] that she is sealed [eternally married] to the ancient Book of Mormon prophet Moroni and that she has lived numerous lives on numerous planets prior to this current life.”
The documents also allege that Vallow Daybell claimed to be a “God assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming” and threatened to “murder” Charles Vallow if he got in the way of her mission.
Vallow Daybell would go on to marry Chad Daybell this fall, just weeks after his wife, Tammy Daybell, also died.
Although the death was initially believed to be from natural causes, investigators are now considering the death suspicious.
Last week, investigators served a search warrant at Daybell’s house in Salem and seized 43 items — including computers, cellphones, journals, and medication — as part of their investigation, KTSU reports.
Ryan said he just wants his siblings to “be safe” and “OK” and urged his mom to give everyone answers — even if its just to have the missing children appear on FaceTime.
“I want you to be able to find it in your heart to help the situation because, I am just, I am really having a hard time right now too,” he said.
Anyone with information about the missing children’s whereabouts is urged to contact authorities.
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