A series of murders in 2019 have been linked to Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell. Daybell and Vallow, currently in custody in Idaho, are charged with first-degree killing of the latter’s children, Tylee and JJ, as well as other offenses related to the deaths of their former spouses. The two will return to court later this year while still awaiting trial.
The children reportedly disappeared in September 2019, and only the two reportedly said they knew their whereabouts.
Thanks to evidence, authorities were able to find Daybell’s backyard just outside of Rexburg, Idaho, in June 2020. Because of this, two small graves with human bones were found. They were Tylee and JJ.
48 Hours on CBS will investigate a series of alleged murders committed by Daybell and Vallow in the name of fanatical cult beliefs regarding zombies.
Weeks before Chad married Lori, his first wife, Tammy Daybell, died. Although it seemed like a natural death, there was reason to believe that Chad was responsible for her death. When asphyxiation was identified as the cause of death, an autopsy report confirmed her concerns.
The events that happened throughout 2019 led to The arrest of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell
The two were first introduced in 2018, while both Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell were still married to their respective spouses, Charles Vallow and Tammy Daybell. According to Lori’s acquaintances, she was an admirer of his work and the two hit it off as soon as they met. Their marriage took place much later, in October 2019. Their partners and Lori’s two children died in the meantime.
Charles Vallow worried about his own life and that of his children. He reported his wife’s strange behavior and death threats to the police. In July 2019, Lori Vallow’s brother Alex Cox shot and killed him, ending his worries. Cox claimed he acted in self-defense because Charles allegedly physically abused his sister. However, according to sources, Tylee was present when the murder was committed.
In September, a few months later, Lori moved closer to Chad Daybell’s residence in Rexburg. Days later, on September 8, Tylee Ryan disappeared, and Melanie Gibb, a friend of Lori’s, reportedly made some comments about the mother calling her child a “zombie.” Later, on September 22, JJ Vallow also disappeared, and on October 19, Tammy Daybell died in her sleep.
But questions about Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow only surfaced when the couple married on November 5, weeks after his wife passed away. At the end of that month, on November 26, JJ’s grandmother and Charles’ sister, Kay Woodcock, filed a complaint after finding that she was unable to reach their grandson.
Eventually, the government cracked down on Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow.
A nationwide search was launched to find Tylee and her younger brother when authorities quickly discovered they had been missing for some time. Cox, the only person who could have known about the disappearance, tragically died in December of that year, leaving behind a crucial piece of evidence in the form of his phone.
Authorities were directed from the deceased’s phone to Chad Daybell’s backyard in June 2020, where they discovered the bones of the two children buried in small graves. Despite this, Lori was arrested earlier this year, in February, for failing to provide information about her children’s whereabouts. The two were charged with the first-degree murder of Tylee and JJ in May 2021. Chad was also later accused of killing his first wife.
The allegations against Lori for plotting to kill Charles Vallow were added the next month, in June, and Chad pleaded not guilty in court. The former, on the other hand, had her case suspended after it was discovered she could not stand trial and had to spend some time in a psychiatric facility. She was found to be mentally healthy and fit to stand trial in April 2022. She objected to the submission of a plea.
This Saturday, July 23, 2022 at 10:9c, CBS’s 48 Hours will air an episode entitled The Secrets of Chad Daybell’s Backyard.