Tylee Ryan and Joshua “JJ” Vallow died a horrific death, and police claim their mother, Lori Vallow, was behind the murders. Some details of their final moments and autopsy have not been made public as Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, await trial in their death penalty case. But court documents reveal law enforcement allegations in how Vallow killed her children.
Tylee and JJ were last seen in September 2019 and their bodies were found on June 9, 2020 in Rexburg, Idaho, on Daybell’s property, says the affidavit of probable cause filed in Daybell’s case. Read the full court documents here.
The children were last seen together on a trip to Yellowstone National Park with their mother and uncle, Alex Cox, the affidavit says.
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Vallow told her friend, Melanie Gibb, that she believed her children had become “zombies,” according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. Vallow believed that being a “zombie” meant that their spirits had left their bodies and they had become “dark ghosts.” The “death of the physical body is seen as the mechanism by which the original spirit of the body can be released,” the affidavit said, citing Vallow’s beliefs.
FBI agents used text messages between Daybell and Vallow to determine locations on his property to search, and issued search warrants on June 9, 2020, according to court documents. As they searched the property, they found a round object covered in black plastic and noticed a strong odor. Under the black plastic was a layer of white plastic.
“An incision was made in the white layer of plastic exposing what appeared to be human remains, the crown of a head covered in light brown hair,” officers wrote.
The remains were later identified as the body of JJ Vallow, court documents said.
In another part of the property, in an animal cemetery, researchers found charred, human remains, later determined to be Tylee’s dismembered body, researchers wrote.
Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow exchanged text messages on September 9, 2019, which law enforcement cited in the affidavit of probable cause filed in Daybell’s case. That was the day after Ryan was last seen alive, police said. Read the full court document here.
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FBI agents explained why that text seemed suspicious. The affidavit said:
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