The bodies of Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow were found on Chad Daybell’s property, leading to the charges against Lori Vallow’s husband. Court documents revealed some details in the case and disturbing facts about the children’s deaths.
Joshua “JJ” Vallow was a 7-year-old boy with autism. He was found buried in a plastic bag on Daybell’s property in Rexburg, Idaho, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the case. Ryan, 16, was found nearby and her remains were burned and dismembered, law enforcement wrote in indictment documents.
Read the full court documents here.
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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.
A friend of Vallow’s, April Raymond, testified at a hearing in the case that she believed Vallow was a patient mother to JJ, according to CBS News.
“JJ was very hard to take care of… So… I really admired how patient she was with him and how much care she cared for him,” Raymond testified according to CBS.
Another friend, Vaisia Itaaehau, testified that Tylee had a protective bond with JJ, CBS reported.
“I loved being around JJ and Tylee. Tylee was very protective of JJ. …and she was a bit of a different mommy to him,” Itaaehau testified according to CBS. “I just kind of liked how – she would – just play with him and just always have a really good time with him. … and I really love JJ. He’s the sweetest soul I’ve ever met.”
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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