"Mom, I want to talk to you like I'm sitting across the room from you," says Colby Ryan, whose mother and two siblings are missing in mysterious circumstances. In an emotional YouTube video, the 23-year-old begs Lori Vallow to come home and tell where 7-year-old Joshua Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan are, ABC reports. "You have the power to end this," he says. "You have the opportunity to put this all to rest." The siblings from Rexburg, Idaho, have not been seen since September and police say they have information that "Lori knows either the location of the children or what has happened to them." Vallow and her new husband, doomsday writer Chad Daybell, abruptly left town the day after police attempted to do a welfare check on Joshua at the request of a relative. Investigators including local police and FBI agents searched Daybell's home on Friday, reports the AP.
Police have said they believe the children's lives are in danger—and they suspect the couple's disappearance is linked to the sudden death of Daybell's former wife, Tamara Daybell, in October. He married Vallow a couple of weeks later. Authorities, who initially believed Tamara Daybell's death was natural, have exhumed her body. Vallow's previous husband, Charles Vallow, who had initiated divorce proceedings, was shot dead by her brother in August; her brother died from unknown causes last month. In divorce papers filed in February, Charles Vallow said his wife had told him she was "a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ's second coming in July 2020," and she would kill him if he got in her way. (Read more missing child stories.)