The brother-in-law of two missing children in Idaho issued a statement asking him to “come forward and cooperate with the police”.
Chad Daybell and his wife Lori Vallow, the mother of the children, have left the state. Vallow refused to cooperate with the authorities, police said in a statement on December 30. The children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, have not been seen or heard since September.
Daybell’s brother Matt Daybell said in a statement to the CNN East Idaho News affiliate on Friday that he had not been close to Chad Daybell since they were children.
“My immediate family has had few associations with Chad in recent years due to our concerns about his religious claims and some of the books he has chosen to publish, including his own,” says Matt’s statement. Daybell. “I again ask Chad to come forward and cooperate with the investigation so that this very difficult situation can be resolved.”
Matt Daybell said in a statement on Friday that he had neither seen nor spoken directly to his brother since the memorial to Chad Daybell’s previous wife in October.
Parents of missing children offer $ 20,000 reward
JJ’s biological grandparents, Kay and Larry Woodcock of Louisiana, held a press conference last week in Idaho to offer a $ 20,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of JJ or Tylee Ryan.
Kay Woodcock pleaded publicly with their mother.
“Please let us know where the children are,” she said. “It is not difficult. It will put an end to all that with regard to children.”
The disappearance of the children takes place in a complex context for the family in the past 12 months – a period during which the police investigated two deaths, one of which, according to the authorities, is still the subject of an investigation. investigation.
Police determined the children were missing in late November – four months after Lori Vallow’s separated husband was shot in their former home state, Arizona, and shortly after, Vallow moved with the children to Idaho and remarried.
Vallow’s former husband was shot dead in July during a fight with Vallow’s brother. According to a petition for the dissolution of marriage filed in February, Vallow’s former husband said that Vallow “had recently fallen in love and sometimes obsessed with near death experiences and spiritual visions”.
Police conducted a wellness check for JJ – Vallow’s adopted son with her late husband – on November 26 at their home in Rexburg, Idaho, after family members worried they won’t hear from him since September .
During the wellness check, Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell, told investigators that the boy was staying with a family friend in Arizona, police said.
However, the police determined that he was not staying with a family friend. When police returned on November 27 to execute a search warrant, investigators determined that Daybell and Vallow had fled the house and also did not appear to have taken JJ with them, officials said.
Investigators have learned that Tylee has not been seen since September, although she recently lived in Vallow and JJ in Rexburg.
Police Investigate Missing Woman’s Death
The matter is further complicated by the death of Daybell’s former wife, Tammy Daybell, in Idaho in October. Her death was initially considered natural, but Rexburg police announced last month that she was suspicious and her remains were exhumed.
Daybell and Vallow married a few weeks after Tammy Daybell’s death, police said.
Rexburg police said they were investigating whether the death and the disappearances of the children were linked.
Investigators don’t believe the kids are with Lori Vallow, but they think she knows where they are or what happened to them, said Rexburg police.
Family lawyer Sean Bartholick released a statement to East Idaho News on December 23 saying that while in contact with Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell, he has no information about the children. . CNN made several attempts to reach Bartholick but received no response.
Links to a website with religious content
Chad Daybell had links to a website called “Preparing a People,” a provider of religious content that describes itself as “a series of conferences focusing on self-reliance and personal preparation,” featuring several speakers from Latter-day Saints.
The editors of the site, Michael and Nancy James, published on December 26 a statement emphasizing that if Daybell, and to a lesser extent Vallow, appeared in the series, neither an owner nor a founder.
Michael and Nancy James said they had decided to remove content featuring Daybell or Vallow in light of Tammy Daybell’s death and the disappearance of the children.