- Newlyweds Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow are wanted for questioning in the disappearance of Vallow’s two children, ages 7 and 17.
- Rexburg, Idaho, police say Daybell married Vallow just weeks after his wife died. At the time, Tammy Daybell’s death was considered natural, but police now believe it may be suspicious.
- Vallow’s husband was also shot and killed by her brother in July, who in turn died earlier this month.
- One of Vallow’s relatives said she and Chad are in a “cult” that he described as a more radical offshoot of the Mormon faith.
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A newlywed couple in Idaho is wanted for questioning in the disappearance of the bride’s two children, who haven’t been seen since September.
Adding a layer of mystery to the case is the fact that the couple married just weeks after the death of the groom’s wife, which is now being labeled as suspicious. And a relative of the bride believes the missing couple are part of a cult.
The Rexburg Police Department released a statement on Friday, saying they are investigating a possible connection between the September disappearance of Lori Vallow’s two children, and the death of her new husband’s wife in October.
Police say Vallow married Chad Daybell – a Mormon author who has written books about the end of the world – just weeks after his wife Tammy died of apparent “natural causes” on October 19. But Tammy’s death is now being considered suspicious and her body has been exhumed to undergo further testing.
Rexburg Police said they were asked to conduct a welfare check on Vallow’s 7-year-old son Joshua on November 26, after extended family members hadn’t seen the adopted boy with special needs since September. Vallow and Daybell told police that the boy was staying with a friend in Arizona, but that turned out to be a lie, police said.
The following day, investigators executed a search warrant to look for the boy, but by then the couple had fled.
Investigators also learned that Vallow’s other child, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, had also not been seen since September.
Vallow’s husband also died in the months before her disappearance, Fox 13 reported. Charles Vallow was shot dead by Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, on July 11 in Chandler, Arizona. Cox said he acted in self-defense. Cox himself died earlier this month, but the circumstances of his death have not been reported.
That case is under investigation by the Chandler Police Department and Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, according to Fox 13, and has not been connected so far to the recent disappearances and Tammy Daybell’s death.
One of Vallow’s relatives thinks they’re in a ‘cult’
Brandon Boudreaux, who was married to Lori Vallow’s niece, told Fox 13 that she joined a “cult” with Chad. Bordeaux said his own wife followed her aunt into the cult, which has been described as being an off-shoot of the Mormon faith with more radical beliefs.
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“You can’t be a member of the church and believe those things,” Boudreaux told Fox 13. “I think it’s an infatuation with the end of the world and an infatuation with power, and they’re using it to try to make money off of people’s beliefs.
“I don’t know what happened to those kids, but I know there’s people who do, and they’re not talking … I love them both. I hope they’re safe. They’re both just innocent and they didn’t deserve to be involved in any of this.”
Bordeaux added that he believes his own wife is using her newfound cult beliefs to try and justify killing him.
“A couple months ago there was an attempt on my life, so I went into hiding with my kids,” Boudreaux told Fox 13. “All I could think was, ‘Someone’s shooting at me. What do I need to do? I need to hit the gas and get out of here.'”
Anyone with information on the missing children or the newlyweds can call the Rexburg Police Department, your local FBI field office, or the missing children hotline at 1-800-THE-LOST.
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