REXBURG, Idaho (ABC4 News) – Dozens of community members in Rexburg swarmed to the Madison County Courthouse Friday to watch and be a part of the frenzy for Lori Daybell’s case. But some came with a different purpose.
Some residents who talked to ABC4 News said they couldn’t believe this was happening in their own backyard. Terri Barney and her daughter, Makayla didn’t know how to sort out their flurries of emotions, but decided to express it through a visual display of pink and blue ribbons to show support for 7-year-old JJ Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, who have been missing since September.
“This case has really hit close home to me. Poor JJ. What he’s going through, he’s not in his routine, he’s not with familiar people. It’s heartbreaking and I don’t people to lose sight of … we’re trying to find those babies,” said Terri Barney.
By the time the children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell’s court hearing began, dozens of spectators outside the courthouse also wore the ribbons in support of the children.
Residents told ABC4 News it’s a case that has divided their small tight-knit community.
“People that have known Chad, who have worked with him, who’ve gone to church with him, who have been neighbors, they can’t see a side of him like that and then there are others that do,” said Deann Carter, a Rexburg resident.
Neighbors said they are not as concerned as to what happens to Lori as much as they hope the two children are found.
“Tylee is my age so it’s really scary just that she just disappears cause it can happen to anyone and it just really hits you,” said Makayla Barney.
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