“Father Dad” Chad Daybell tried to escape in his car when police discovered the remains of his wife’s two children on his property in Idaho, according to court documents released on Friday.
Authorities ended a multi-month search for Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, 7, and his sister, Tylee Ryan, 17, on June 9 when they discovered their remains in Salem, Idaho, Daybell.
When authorities discovered the children’s remains, Chad Daybell, who was watching investigators from his car across the street, withdrew from the driveway of his home.
However, the police arrested him before he could run away.
This file reservation photo provided by the Rexburg, Idaho Police Department shows Chad Daybell, who was arrested on June 9, 2020.
Daybell is the husband of Lori Vallow Daybell (seen in a courtroom in Rexburg, Idaho, in March), whose two children were searched for a month which ended on June 9 .
Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, seven (left) and Tylee Ryan, 17 (right) were reported missing in September
Investigators found the remains of JJ and Tylee after searching the backyard of Chad Daybell’s property on June 9 (photo)
Daybell is married to the mother of children, Lori Vallow, who was arrested earlier this year and charged with abandonment as a criminal child.
Chad Daybell faces charges of destroying or concealing evidence.
Court documents claim that cell phone data indicates that Lori Vallow’s brother Alex Cox was in the same place where the children were buried when they went missing.
According to affidavits of probable cause that were unsealed on Friday, Chad Daybell told his wife Tamara Daybell that he had killed a raccoon and then buried him in their animal cemetery the day after Tylee Ryan’s last known sighting in Yellowstone National Park.
Tylee was last seen on a family trip to Yellowstone on September 8.
According to the affidavit, the FBI found a text conversation between Chad and Tamara Daybell the next day in which he said, “Well, I had an interesting morning!
“I thought I should burn all of the limb debris near the fire before it got too drenched in the coming storms, while I was doing it, I spotted a large raccoon along the fence”, explained Chad Daybell to his wife.
“I hurried up and took my gun, and it was still working. I got close enough that a single stroke would do the trick.
“He is now in our pet cemetery. Moments of pleasure! ‘
Tamara Daybell died in her sleep in October. Authorities exhumed her body, and the results of an autopsy were not released to the public.
Chad Daybell married Lori Vallow two weeks after the death of Tamara Daybell.
The story spans multiple states and started when Lori Vallow Daybell’s brother shot and killed her ex-husband, Charles Vallow, on the outskirts of Phoenix last summer in what he claimed to be the self-defense.
Charles filed for divorce, saying that Lori believed she had become a god-like figure who was responsible for the advent of the end of biblical times.
His brother, Alex Cox, died in December of an apparent blood clot in his lung.
Shortly after Charles’ death, Lori and the children moved to Idaho, where Chad Daybell lived.
He ran a small publishing company, publishing many fiction books which he wrote on apocalyptic scenarios freely based on the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Family members confirmed that the remains found buried outside of Chad’s home had been identified as JJ, seven, and Tylee, 17, who disappeared in September
Cox claimed self-defense in the fatal shooting of Lori’s separated husband Charles Vallow near Phoenix last summer. Lori and Charles are pictured together in an undated photo
He has also recorded podcasts on the preparation for the end of biblical times, and friends have said that he claims to be able to receive visions “ beyond the veil. ”
Lori Vallow met Chad Daybell after being drawn to his apocalyptic writings.
According to unsealed court documents, authorities traced Cox’s cell phone to his sister’s apartment just after midnight on September 9, the day after Tylee was last seen during the trip to Yellowstone.
A few hours later, Cox’s phone was at the same location where the investigators unearthed the remains of the two children.
Phone data indicates that Cox spent more than two hours on Chad Daybell’s property that morning before leaving just before noon, according to Deseret News.
One foot in the grave: Chad Daybell wrote a book on how it was “rewarding” to work as a gravedigger, but that it was “sad to bury babies”
Years before it was linked to the disappearance of Lori Vallow’s missing children, Chad Daybell worked as a “ sexton cemetery ” – or gravedigger – while studying at Brigham Young University in Utah in the mid-years 1990.
Chad described the work in an interview with the Deseret News in 2001.
“Caring for the graves is rewarding, while helping widows and grieving family members cope with the trauma,” he said.
“The sad moments are always when you have to bury babies. It’s always a poignant moment.
Chad published an entire book on his experiences the same year, titled: A Foot in the Grave: The Secrets of a Sexton Cemetery.
He left this work shortly after the book was finished and continued to publish more than 25 other titles, including many on near death experiences and the end of the world.
Chad briefly resumed his role as sexton years later in 2008 while working part-time in a cemetery in Springville.
Four minutes after his departure, Chad Daybell sent his wife the text on the raccoon he had shot and buried.
Investigators found it strange that Daybell claimed to have killed a raccoon in the morning, because raccoons are nocturnal animals.
Chad Daybell’s son reportedly told neighbors in mid-July who had asked him to shoot from the area that his father had killed a raccoon from a tree during the day.
Neighbors also told investigators that shortly after Tamara Daybell’s death, they noticed that a fireplace was being used on the Daybells property – a rare occurrence.
Unsealed court documents also claim that friends of Lori Vallow said they last saw JJ on September 22.
JJ allegedly “acted”, prompting Cox to take him to his own apartment in the same complex where his sister lived.
Cox later returned with JJ appearing to be sleeping while the boy placed his head on Cox’s shoulder, according to the documents.
The next morning, Lori Vallow told a friend that JJ “acted like a zombie” and was crawling over the cupboards.
She said that JJ dropped a photo of Jesus from the refrigerator.
Cox would then have picked up the boy. According to cellphone data, Cox was on Chad Daybell’s property that morning.
The cell phone was found near a pond, which is the same location where investigators unearthed a set of human remains wrapped in black plastic and tape.
The remains belonged to someone with light brown hair, according to the affidavit.
Chad Daybell’s lawyer John Prior filed documents notifying the court of Daybell’s guilty plea late last week.
He said Daybell requested a preliminary hearing and a jury trial.
Investigators said Chad and Lori lied to them about the plight of the children.
Lori Vallow has been in prison since February. Her lawyer said she intended to defend herself against the charges.
The two are being held on $ 1 million bail, and both are scheduled for preliminary hearings next month.
Police began searching for Tylee and JJ in November after relatives expressed concerns.
Police say Lori and Chad lied to children’s investigators before quietly leaving Idaho. The couple were found in Hawaii a few months later.
Chronology of the disappearance of JJ and Tylee
July 11, 2019: Lori Vallow’s husband Charles Vallow is killed by his brother Alex Cox in Arizona.
August: Lori moves children JJ and Tylee to Rexburg, Idaho, where Chad Daybell lives with his wife Tammy.
September 8: The last time Tylee is seen on a trip to Yellowstone National Park with Lori, JJ and Alex.
September 23: The last time JJ is seen at his school in Rexburg.
October 19: Chad’s wife Tammy, 49, dies at their Idaho home.
October 25: A friend of Tylee’s receives a vague “miss you” text from his phone but says he didn’t look like the teenager.
November 5: Lori and Chad get married on a beach in Kauai.
November 26: Relatives outside the state are asking Idaho police to do a welfare check on JJ and to learn that he and Tylee have not been seen in months.
November 27: Police execute a search warrant for the children at Lori’s home, only to find that she and Chad fled Idaho.
December 11: Tammy’s body is exhumed from a Utah cemetery and her death is reclassified as suspect.
December 12: Lori’s brother Alex Cox does not meet in Arizona and dies.
December 21: Rexburg police release the first press release on JJ and Tylee, revealing that they think their disappearance may be linked to Tammy’s death.
December 24: Lori and Chad issue statement through lawyer saying they love their son and daughter and are eager to respond to “ allegations once they are beyond speculation and rumor ” .
December 30: Police accuse Lori and Chad of lying to investigators and say they believe the couple know where the children are or what has happened to them.
January 3, 2020: Police search Chad’s home in Salem and remove 43 objects. They also paint sections of the snowy courtyard with rakes and metal detectors.
January 26: Lori and Chad are seen for the first time in months when police ordered a court order to present the children to Idaho authorities in five days.
January 30: Lori misses the court deadline to present the children to Idaho authorities.
February 20: Lori is arrested in Kauai.
March 5: Lori is extradited to Idaho, where she is held on $ 1 million bail at Madison County Prison.
April 9: Authorities reveal they are investigating Lori and Chad for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy in connection with Tammy’s death.
June 9:Police search Chad’s home in Salem for the second time and discover human remains in the backyard. Chad is taken into police custody and accused of destroying or concealing evidence.