Parents of missing Rexburg children issue statement, attorney says they are ‘loving’ and ‘devoted’

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Courtesy: East Idaho News

UPDATE (12/23/2019) – REXBURG – A Rexburg attorney representing Chad and Lori Daybell told East Idaho News he has been in contact with the couple but did not have any information on the whereabouts or welfare of the two missing children.

7-year-old Joshua Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan have not been seen or heard from since September.

Attorney Sean Bartholick, of Rigby, Andrus & Rigby, issued the following statement on the Daybells’ behalf:

“Chad Daybell was a loving husband and has the support of his children in this matter. Lori Daybell is a devoted mother and resents assertions to the contrary. We look forward to addressing the allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor.”

The couple is also connected to two active death investigations involving both of their former spouses — one in Fremont County and another in Maricopa County, Arizona. However, authorities in both jurisdictions say Chad and Lori are not persons of interest or suspects in those cases.

You can read a full report written on the situation by East Idaho News here.


UPDATE: The Rexburg Police Department released photos Saturday afternoon of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, the mother and stepfather of the two missing Rexburg children believed to be in danger.

Rexburg Police Capt. Gary Hagen told East Idaho News that they are considering Vallow and Daybell to be “persons of interest” in the children’s disappearance.

Read the full report here.

REXBURG, Idaho (ABC4 News) – According to East Idaho News, police and the FBI are investigating a link between the death of a Fremont woman and two missing children who are beleived to be in danger.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of 49-year-old Tammy Daybell. Daybell was found deceased in her home Oct. 19. At the time, officials believed Daybell died of natural causes, according to theRexburg Police Department. She was buried in Springville, Utah and later exhumed as the sheriff’s office discovered the death may be suspicious.

Rexburg Police Chief Shane Turman told EastIdahoNews.com that during the investigation into Daybell’s death, officials were informed that two Rexburg children, ages 7 and 17, were missing. Officials also found that shortly following Daybell’s death, her husband, Chad Daybell, married Lori Vallow, a resident of Rexburg. Vallow is the mother of the two missing children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua Vallow.

Courtesy: East Idaho News

Police say that when questioned about the children’s whereabouts, the parents have repeatedly provided incorrect information. Though no one has been charged with a crime, police believe the children are in danger.

They are asking that anyone with information about the children’s whereabouts since September contact the Rexburg Police Department at (208) 359-3000, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), at (800) THE-LOST.

Please read the full report here.

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