The mother of two missing children was found in Hawaii with a new husband, but there’s still no sign of the children.
An ongoing investigation into the whereabouts of two missing children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan has come to an unexpected discovery after police found the mother of the children in Hawaii with her new husband. According to CBS News, police pulled over #LoriVallow and #ChadDaybell near a beachside resort on Saturday.
Authorities searched their car for any evidence of the two missing kids, who haven’t been seen since September. They also gave Vallow an Idaho court order that demanded she bring the children to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare by Thursday, or else she would face legal action. “It’s one of the most unusual situations I’ve ever heard of in my career in law enforcement,” Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar said, according to CBS affiliate KGMB-TV in Hawaii.
The two missing children’s case began last July after Vallow’s estranged husband was fatally shot by her brother, Alex Cox, when the two got into an altercation in their Phoenix home. Cox claimed the shooting was in self-defense, but the case is still under investigation. Cox died of unknown causes back in December, and police are still waiting on a toxicology test to confirm how he died. Vallow ended up taking the kids and moving to Idaho a month after her husband’s death. Eventually, Vallow’s extended family grew concerned after their contact with the children became scarce and ultimately nonexistent.
Rexburg, Idaho police say the children were last seen in September, but Vallow never reported them as missing. Investigators are also looking into the details of Daybell’s wife, who allegedly died of natural causes on Oct. 19. Just two weeks after, Daybell married Vallow. Police paid a welfare visit to Vallow and Daybell to inquire about the children back in November. The couple told police the children went to live with relatives in Arizona. When police found out the couple lied, they returned back to their home only to find they’d taken off.
Police are now on the search for the children and are looking into the death of Daybell’s wife. JJ Vallow’s grandparents have put out a $2,000 reward for information on the children and claim Vallow and Daybell had cult-like beliefs. They also said they believe Charles Vallow was worried that his wife would murder him, so he sought a protection order.
Charles Vallow filed divorce documents last February, claiming that she believed she was a “translated being” and “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020.” Daybell has written in blog posts that he previously died or had a near-death experience and that he could see visions of the future.