‘Cult’ dad Chad Daybell ‘pretended he didn’t know Lori Vallow’ when asked about missing kids – just weeks after marriage – The Sun

CHAD Daybell denied knowing "cult mom" Lori Vallow very well months before investigators found the bodies of her two kids in his backyard, court documents say. 

When investigators unearthed the "charred remains" of Vallow's children, Tylee Ryan, 17, and JJ Vallow, 7, at his Idaho home on June 9, Daybell tried to flee the scene, according to a police affidavit.

Explosive court documents revealed how the 55-year-old doomsday writer allegedly acted as if he didn't know his own wife very well when detectives conducted a welfare check on Tylee and JJ on November 26.

Nine weeks after the kids vanished, cops were asked to intervene by JJ's frantic grandparents, who had not seen the little boy in months.

In a probable cause affidavit dated February 18, Lt Ron Ball described how cops searched Vallow's home two days before her arrest.

Vallow's late brother, Alex Cox, was outside her apartment with Daybell, who "acted as if he didn't know Lori very well and stated he didn't know her phone number," Ball recalled.

According to the affidavit, cops soon learned that Daybell and Vallow were well acquainted when they found photos of their Hawaii wedding three weeks before.

Cox allegedly insisted JJ was with his grandmother, Kay Woodcock, in Louisiana.

But Ball said this "was not likely to be true due to the fact that Kay was the individual who first called in a missing child report," the affidavit stated.

Lead investigator Ball returned to Vallow's apartment complex with another officer later that day where they spoke to Vallow – but she claimed JJ was in Arizona with her pal, Melanie Gibb.

Vallow's friend later told cops she had not seen JJ since September and claimed the Daybell's asked her to lie and say he was staying with her, according to the affidavit.

When Rexburg police returned the following day to carry out a search warrant, Daybell and Vallow had fled Idaho, as per these court documents.

It has also emerged that Cox had been near where the bodies of JJ and Tylee were found at Daybell's Rexburg ranch, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in connection with Daybell's subsequent arrest.

Phone data placed Cox in Daybell’s backyard on the days after Tylee and JJ were last seen.

Investigators traced Lori Vallow’s now-deceased brother Cox through cell phone pings to Daybell’s property on two separate occasions, as per these unsealed documents. 

He was there for about two hours on September 9, 2019 – the morning after Tylee was pictured at Yellowstone National Park with her mom, brother, and uncle.

Cox was there again on the morning of September 23, the day after Tylee's little brother was last seen, according to the police documents.

His phone showed he was at the Daybell home for less than 20 minutes.

Months later, Tylee's remains were found partially burned on her stepdad's property.

Her adopted brother JJ was found nearby, wrapped in plastic and duct tape next to a fire pit.

The Madison County prosecutor unsealed the arrest affidavit for Daybell on Friday.

Vallow's fifth husband was arrested and booked into the Fremont County Jail on June 9 after investigators discovered the kids' remains.

Daybell is facing charges of obstruction or concealment after the bodies were "egregiously" hidden his backyard. He has pleaded not guilty.

Vallow is being held at Madison County Jail, charged with desertion of children and three misdemeanors, and has also pleaded not guilty.

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