PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Authorities in Hawaii have found a cellphone belonging to 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.
Ryan and her 7-year-old adopted brother, JJ Vallow, have not been seen since September, sources tell CBS News. Her mother, Lori Vallow was in possession of the phone.
Lori Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, were found in Hawaii last month. Kauai police served a search warrant at the resort where the couple was staying but said there were no signs of the kids. The deadline for Lori to bring her two missing children to a police station in Idaho came and went weeks ago.
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Tylee's phone was used several times after she disappeared, but it's unclear who was using it. CBS News reports that a text message from Tylee's phone was sent to a friend on Oct. 25, 2019, a month after Tylee and JJ disappeared. The person who received the text said it didn't sound like Tylee. A source with CBS News also said that two Venmo payments were sent from the teenager's account to a family member.
Before 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. Chandler Police say Lori Vallow's brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed Charles.
Cox told police that he fired in self-defense after Vallow refused to drop a bat and went after him. Cox reported the shooting to 911, reportedly 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 in connection with the shooting but later died in December of unknown causes.
After her brother'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.