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Here's the Latest Twist in Bizarre Saga of Missing Kids

Charles Vallow switched his insurance beneficiary to his adopted son's grandma
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2020 3:12 PM CST
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(Newser) – The strange and sad story of the two Idaho kids missing since September continues to get stranger: Charles Vallow, the adopted father of one of the missing children, changed his insurance policy months before his death so that wife Lori Vallow, a person of interest in the children's disappearance, was no longer the beneficiary. In her place he named his sister, Kay Woodcock—who is the biological grandmother of JJ Vallow, 7, who was born to her son before being adopted by Lori and Charles Vallow. "He had a $1 million dollar policy with Lori as the beneficiary and he told me he wanted me to be the sole recipient," Woodcock tells East Idaho News. "I told him to leave it to his boys [Charles Vallow also had two sons from a previous relationship] but ... [he] said, 'Lori doesn’t want me anymore. She doesn’t want JJ and you’ll end up raising JJ so I want you to have the money.'" More on that, plus other recent news on the case:

  • Woodcock says Lori Vallow found out about the switch when she called the insurance company days after Charles Vallow's July death (amid his divorce and custody battle with Lori Vallow he was killed by Lori Vallow's brother, who claimed it was in self-defense; in December that brother also died under mysterious circumstances) and the agent told her she was not entitled to the money.

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