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 of the case and troubling facts about the children’s deaths.
Joshua “JJ” Vallow was a 7-year-old boy with autism. According to the affidavit filed in the case, he was found buried in a plastic bag on Daybell’s property in Rexburg, Idaho. Ryan, 16, was found nearby and her remains were cremated and dismembered, law enforcement officials said 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 filed in the case. Vallow believed that being a “zombie” meant their spirits had left their bodies and they had become “dark spirits”. The “death of the physical body is seen as the mechanism by which the body’s original spirit can be released,” the affidavit said, citing Vallow’s beliefs.
According to court documents, FBI agents used text message exchanges between Daybell and Vallow to designate locations on his property to search and executed search warrants on June 9, 2020. Searching the property, they found a round object covered in black plastic and noticed a strong odor. Underneath the black plastic was a layer of white plastic.
“An incision was made in the white plastic sheet, revealing what appeared to be human remains, the crown of a head covered in light brown hair,” agents wrote.
The remains were later determined to be the body of JJ Vallow, court documents said.
In another part of the property, at a pet cemetery, investigators found charred human remains that were later determined to be the dismembered body of Tylee, investigators wrote.
A friend of Vallow’s, April Raymond, testified at a hearing in the case that she believed Vallow was a patient mother of JJ, according to CBS News.
“JJ was very difficult to take care of … So … I really admired how patient she was with him and how much 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 with JJ and Tylee. Tylee was really protective of JJ. … and she was like a different mom to him,” Itaaehau testified, according to CBS. “I just loved 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 filed in the Daybell 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 this text seemed suspicious. The affidavit said:
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