KAUAI, HI (3TV/CBS 5) – An Idaho news reporter confronted Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell after authorities located them in Kauai, Hawaii. This comes as police in both Arizona and Idaho continue to look for Vallow's two missing children.
The Kaua'i Police Department posted on their Facebook page that a search warrant was executed to seize the rental vehicle being used by Vallow and Daybell. Vallow and Daybell were detained, but not arrested. Authorities believe the two may have been in Kauai for some time and were staying at the Kauai Beach Resort. Lori and her former husband, Charles Vallow, had previously lived in Kauai. As police were doing all of this, a reporter from East Idaho News continued to ask about the kids with no answers.
Police have been looking for Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell since the disappearance of Lori’s children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. Their mom and her new husband, Chad, were living in Idaho when relatives got concerned about the kids. Police did a welfare check in November of last year after discovering Lori's children had not been seen for two months.
Prior to living in Idaho, Lori Vallow and her children lived in Chandler. On July 11, 2019, police were called to the Vallow residence near Gilbert and Chandler Heights roads after reports of a shooting. Investigators learned that 62-year-old Charles Vallow, Lori’s former husband, had gone to the home to pick up his son, but was confronted by his stepdaughter, Ryan, with a baseball bat.
Police records released earlier this month show that Ryan came out of her room with the metal bat after she was awakened by yelling outside her bedroom door. Ryan, who said she was trying to defend her mother, told police that her stepfather was too close, so she told him to back up, but he managed to take away the bat, according to police records.
Police say Lori Vallow’s brother, Alexander Lamar Cox, was at the home and intervened, beginning a confrontation in which Charles Vallow struck the back of Cox’s head with the bat. Cox told police that he then went to his bedroom, got his gun and demanded that Charles leave.
Cox told police that he fired in self-defense after Vallow refused to drop the bat and came after him. Cox reported the shooting to 911, performed CPR on Vallow and answered questions from investigators, according to police records. Vallow was found unresponsive with two gunshot wounds to the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. Cox wasn’t arrested as a result of the shooting, but later died in December of unknown causes.
Since Charles’s death, Lori moved to Rexburg, Idaho, with the kids and married Daybell, an author of several religious-themed fiction books about prophecies and the end of the world.
Two months after Lori Vallow moved to Idaho, Daybell’s then-wife, Tammy Daybell, died at her home. She was 49, and her obituary said she died of natural causes on October 19. Police would later question that and have her body exhumed for an autopsy. Results haven’t been released.
Chad Daybell married Lori Vallow just two weeks after Tammy’s death.
Stay with Arizona’s Family for updates as they become available on this developing story.