Couple Finally Found in Case of 2 Missing Siblings

Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell caught in Hawaii, but there is no sign of the children
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2020 10:43 AM CST
On-the-Run Couple Sought in Case of 2 Missing Siblings
These undated photos released by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children show Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17. They were last seen on Sept. 23, 2019 in Rexburg, Idaho.   (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children via AP)

A couple sought by police for months has finally been located in Hawaii, but there's no sign of two missing siblings linked to them. Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell were pulled over in Kauai and briefly detained, reports East Idaho News. Police seized their rental SUV and executed a search warrant of their residence in Princeville, Hawaii, but the couple was then released. They refused to answer repeated questions from an East Idaho News reporter about 7-year-old Joshua Vallow or 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. Both are Vallow's children, and neither has been seen since September. Coverage:

  • A deadline: Vallow has been given a court order to produce the children within five days, reports Fox 10 Phoenix. If she fails to do so, she could be held in contempt of court.

  • The background: The couple lived in Rexburg, Idaho, with Joshua and Tylee, and police say they lied when authorities began investigating the children's whereabouts in September, reports the AP. The couple then fled and were missing until their being found in Hawaii on Sunday.
  • Fishy death: Each has a spouse who died under unusual circumstances. Daybell's previous wife died in October of what was initially believed to be natural causes, but authorities have since exhumed her remains. Daybell married Vallow two weeks after his wife's death.
  • Another one: Vallow's first husband was fatally shot by her brother in July, when she and her family lived in Arizona, reports Fox News. The brother claimed self-defense and was not charged, but he then died himself of an undisclosed cause in December. That death is now under investigation.
  • Strange history: Before his death, Vallow's husband alleged in divorce papers that Lori Vallow claimed to be a "a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ's second coming in July 2020." Daybell, meanwhile, is a self-published author who has written about a coming doomsday, per the AP.
(Another Vallow son released a video weeks ago pleading with his mother to come forward.)

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