The story of Lori Vallow-cults, deaths, and missing children.

Timeline –

March 9, 1990, in Manti, Utah, Chad and Tammy Daybell got married. The couple had five children before moving to their home in Salem, Idaho, in 2015.

In 2006, Lori married her fourth husband, Charles Vallow. Lori came to the marriage with her kids, including Tylee . Family members say that in 2014, Charles and Lori Vallow adopted Joshua “JJ” Vallow.

April 3, 2018, Tylee’s father, Joseph Ryan, died. According to a copy of the medical examiner’s report, the cause of death was ruled as a heart attack. He was cremated, but little other information is available about his death.

February 2019, Charles Vallow filed for divorce from Lori, claiming she viewed herself as a god preparing for the second coming of Christ. Charles Vallow also claimed in these documents that his wife would kill him if he got in her way to perform that mission. The divorce proceedings were later stopped after Charles said he wanted to make the marriage work.

Family says Lori disappeared in February for nearly two months, it was not made clear where the children were. JJ’s school made a report to CPS around February 21, 2019 because Lori had not been located at the time. It has since been confirmed that Tylee and Lori were in Kauai. JJ’s whereabouts aren’t known at this time.

June 2019, Lori Daybell’s niece, Melani Boudreaux, demanded a divorce from her husband, Brandon Boudreaux. Brandon Boudreaux claims his then-wife affiliated herself with similar beliefs as her aunt and had joined “a cult.”

July 11, 2019, the Chandler Police Department in Arizona discovered Alex Cox shot and killed Charles Vallow. Although police are still investigating, detectives initially ruled the shooting as self-defense. The interview with Alex Cox after the shooting can be seen here.

By the end of August 2019, Lori Vallow Daybell, the children, Cox and Melani Boudreaux moved to Rexburg, Idaho.

Sept. 3, 2019 Lori Vallow Daybell enrolled JJ in school in Rexburg. • Sept. 23, 2019, JJ attended class for the last time, and the following day his mother unenrolled him, saying she would homeschool the boy.

Police say Tylee was last seen in September, but it remains unclear where. Family says she wasn’t enrolled in school since she graduated early.

Video of the last time JJ was seen

Oct. 1, 2019, Lori Vallow Daybell rents a 10×10 storage unit from Storage Plus in Rexburg. Surveillance cameras at the facility show Daybell and a man who appears to be Alex Cox visited the unit nine times in October and once in November. Often the man came alone.

Oct. 2, 2019, Brandon Boudreaux said he was shot at with the bullet missing his head by inches. The shooter was driving a Jeep registered to then-dead Charles Vallow.

 Oct. 9, 2019, Tammy Daybell called 911 and said a masked man shot at her with a paintball gun. She wrote about her experience in a Facebook post, saying she has no idea what the motive was.

Oct. 19, 2019, family called 911 saying Tammy Daybell died in her sleep at their Salem home. Detectives visited the home, investigators ruled the death as natural.

Oct. 25, 2019, a friend of Tylee says she received a text from Tylee’s number. Reports say the text read ““hi. miss you guys too …luv ya.”

Rexburg Police Department said in a news release that within weeks of Tammy Daybell’s death, Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell, were married. It’s believed the couple married in Hawaii before returning to Rexburg. Over the coming weeks, Rexburg police say Chad Daybell told witnesses that Lori Daybell had no minor children. Police also say Lori Daybell told people Tylee died years ago.

Nov. 26, 2019, the Rexburg Police Department conducted a welfare check for JJ at the request of the extended family who had not spoken with the boy in months. Police did not see JJ at the townhome at 565 Pioneer Road and said the Daybells told them JJ went to stay with friends in Arizona. Police determined JJ never stayed with who the Daybells said.

Nov. 27, 2019, the Rexburg Police Department is asked to serve a search warrant at the request of Arizona authorities. A Madison County Sheriff’s dispatch log indicates a phone pinged at the 565 Pioneer Road townhomes at that moment. The log also indicated the call related to a missing 7-year-old, now known to be JJ, and “homicide” investigations in Arizona. When police arrived, they discovered the Daybells had “abruptly” left.

Dec. 11, 2019, investigators exhumed Tammy Daybell, to perform an autopsy in Utah. The results of the autopsy are pending.

Dec. 12, 2019, Alex Cox, the brother of Lori Daybell dies under mysterious circumstances in Gilbert Arizona. Little is known about his death as investigators await results from an ongoing autopsy.

Dec. 20, 2019, the Rexburg Police Department went public on their search for JJ and Tylee. Police also say the children’s disappearance is possibly linked to the suspicious death of Tammy Daybell.

Dec. 21, 2019, police call Chad and Lori Daybell persons of interest in the kids’ disappearance.

Dec. 23, 2019, the attorney representing the Daybells, Sean Bartholick, of Rigby, Andrus & Rigby, released a statement. Bartholick called the parents loving and devoted. He said they will address the allegations once they move beyond rumor and speculation.

One week after the public announcement, Rexburg Police Assistant Chief Gary Hagen reported that investigators are no closer to finding JJ and Tylee. He also said investigators are using every tool available to find the missing kids.

Dec. 30, 2019, Rexburg Police Department issued an updated news release, saying “we also have information indicating that Lori knows either the location of the children or what has happened to them.” They called the parents’ lack of cooperation astonishing as the couple left the state rather than help law enforcement.

Jan. 3, 2020, local investigators and the FBI served a search warrant on the Daybell home in Salem. Investigators recovered 43 items, which included computers, cell phones, journals, documents and medications. These were sent to labs for further analysis.

Jan. 7, 2020, Larry and Kay Woodcock, traveled to Rexburg from their home in Lake Charles, Louisiana, to meet with investigators. While in town, the Woodcocks held a news conference to announce the $20,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of the kids.

Jan. 10, 2020, Matt Daybell, pleads for Chad to cooperate with the investigation. The brother said Chad Daybell’s immediate family had little association with the author due to concerns with his religious claims and particular books he published, “including his own.”

Jan. 25, 2020, Kauai Police Department serves Lori Daybell with a notice that she must produce JJ and Tylee to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare or Rexburg Police Department in five days.

Jan. 26, 2020, law enforcement seized the couple’s rental car and searched their rental townhome in Princeville Hawaii.

Jan. 29, 2020, Kay and Larry Woodcock file for guardianship of JJ in the Madison County Magistrate court. This comes as the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare conducts its own investigation into the children’s safety. According to a copy of the Child Protection Order, the department has until Feb. 10 to deliver their report to a judge.

Jan. 30, Lori Daybell misses the 5 p.m. deadline to produce JJ and Tylee to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare or the Rexburg Police Department.

Feb. 3, 2020 visits the storage unit where Lori Vallow Daybell abandoned several of the kids’ items. Inside the storage unit, officers found bikes, a scooter, winter clothing, a photo album with pictures of JJ and Tylee, sports equipment, a backpack with JJ’s initials and a jersey with Colby Ryan’s name on it. There were blankets showing photos of the children – one focused on JJ, and the other had pictures of Tylee.

Police released video from Lori’s storage facility that can be viewed here.

Lori Vallow was arrested Feb 20, 2020, at 2:30 pm HST by Kaua’i Police Department on four charges:

  • two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children
  • resisting or obstructing officers
  • criminal solicitation to commit a crime
  • contempt of court

She is being held on $5 million bond.

The face you make when you realize your bail is still set at $5 MILLION bucks, even after your deadbeat lawyer asked the judge to reduce it to $10k 😂


Feb 23, 2020, According to new documents filed in Arizona, Lori’s niece Melani Pawlowski (formerly Boudreaux) may have information about the location of the kids, and she has claimed responsibility for the attempted murder of her ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux.

The documents state that her new husband listened to her confess that she conspired to kill Brandon at his home in Gilbert, Arizona, and her uncle Alex Cox — Lori’s brother — was the shooter.

This is a copy of the court documents:
Family Tree:Lori Vallow’s statement about shooting death of her ex-husband Charles…Tylee’s statement about Charlie’s shooting death…
Chad Daybell- Author
Chads official website-

Chad’s amazon page-

Lori’s son on YouTube. Message to his mom

On March 5th, 2020, the FBI and Rexburg Police asked for the public help with finding the children.

According to the statement, the FBI and the Rexburg Police Department are requesting photos and videos from anyone who may have visited Yellowstone National Park on Sept. 8, 2019.

On March 6th, 2020, Judge Eddins reduced Lori’s bail to $1 million. He stipulated that if Vallow does post bond, she must wear an ankle monitor and stay within Bonneville, Jefferson, Madison and Fremont counties.

Lori smiling as she was leaving the court room.

There is also a rumor that the FBI may be looking into the death of Lori’s late husband, Joseph Ryan. This could turn out to be complicated as Joseph was cremated.

The FBI is also meeting with the agencies.

3 thoughts on “The story of Lori Vallow-cults, deaths, and missing children.

  1. this stuff is just ….nuts. my gut tells me……..lori either killed, or had killed, at least 2 hubbys and I betcha both missing kids. the new hubby sounds like a cult leader with at least two followers. lori and niece. one fucked up tale

  2. I have been following this case since its started, Confusing to say the least, from the outside it appears to be a web of deceit, lies and infactuation. Lori is a serial bride having been married so many times, and for not long by all accounts. Her mental health status, is almost verging of social psychopath.

    I have been experiencing strange dreams concerning this case, which is odd, as I am based in UK. But for the past 3 weeks, I have been dreaming about Tylee and JJ, I’ve written the dream down.. I am not a medium, I was told 6 months ago that I have this gift, but I have never tapped into it. I don’t want too. but if you want to know what I have seen.. I hope these dreams are not true, if they are, and we find out the truth, it really is shocking.

    So far, when this first started, my dreams started and so far, everything I saw has been close if not similar.

  3. Has anyone ever questioned why on the day Charles Vallow was shot and killed in Chandler, AZ by Alex Cox, why Lori took Charles’ rental car when she left the house with the kids shortly before he was shot and then returned shortly after? Charles couldn’t have left the house if he wanted to, and how did she get his car keys???

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