Former Arizona mother Lori Vallow, whose two children disappeared in 2019 and were later found buried in a backyard in Idaho, has been formally charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Her husband, Chad Daybell has been indicted on three counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
Vallow previously lived in the East Valley before moving to Rexburg, Idaho, in August 2019 after her husband, Charles Vallow, was shot by her brother, Alex Cox.
Vallow’s children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow, disappeared in September 2019. Vallow and her new husband, an Idaho resident Chad Daybell left to Kauai once police started inquiring about the whereabouts of the children. Vallow was arrested in February 2020 on charges of deserting and abandoning her children.
JJ and Tylee’s bodies were found buried in Daybell’s backyard in Fremont County, Idaho, in June 2020. Detectives used cell phone data from Cox’s cell phone that pinged him in Daybell’s backyard on the respective days each child was last seen.
Chad and Lori Daybell were also indicted on a charge of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder in the death of Tammy Daybell. Chad was indicted for the murder of Tammy. Tammy Daybell was Chad’s former wife who died in her sleep, shortly before he married Lori. At the time of her death, Chad Daybell declined to have an autopsy performed on his wife Tammy. Chad received a $430,000 life insurance payout on the death of his wife.
Lori Vallow was also indicted on a charge of grand theft related to Social Security benefits that were appropriated after the two children were found deceased.
Penalties for the charges range from life in prison to the death penalty.
Lori’s brother Alex Cox died in December 2019 of apparent natural causes.