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A timeline of the missing Idaho children

Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17 (Rexburg Police Department)

Police are still investigating what happened to two Idaho children missing since late last year. Below is a timeline of what we know so far.

The two children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since September 2019.

Charles Vallow, adopted JJ when he was a baby.

Charles and his wife, Lori Vallow, also raised Lori’s daughter from a previous relationship at their home in suburban Phoenix.

 

Missing Idaho Kids Timeline

This timeline of events relating to the missing Idaho children will be updated as information becomes available. 


July 2019

Lori Vallow’s former spouse, Charles Vallow, is found dead after being killed in a confrontation with Lori’s brother.

Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, said he shot Charles in self-defense.

August 2019

Lori Vallow moves herself and family to Idaho.

Sept. 23, 2019

Idaho siblings Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, are last seen in Rexburg.

Oct. 19, 2019

Tammy Daybell, the previous wife of the children’s step-father, is found dead in her home in Fremont County. Police ruled it as natural death at first, but have since ruled it suspicious.

Chad Daybell marries Lori Vallow two weeks later.

Nov. 26, 2019

Police conduct wellness check on Joshua Vallow after family reported not seeing him in months.

Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell told officials Joshua was staying with a family friend in Arizona. However, after conducting an investigation, the police couldn’t locate the boy and ruled him as missing.

Police then find out Joshua is adopted and has special needs.

Police also discover Joshua’s sister Tylee hasn’t been seen since September — they report her as missing.

Nov. 27, 2019

Police return to the home the next day to execute a search warrant for the two children. However, Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell have been found to “abruptly” leave their home.

Rexburg police request FBI assistance as it wasn’t clear if they took the boy with them.

Dec. 12, 2019

Lori Vallow’s brother, Alex Cox dies.

Dec. 20, 2019

Salt Lake City Police Department issue a statement they are assisting Rexburg police in locating the two children. An Idaho man, Chad Daybell — the children’s step-father — and woman, Lori Vallow — the children’s mother — are being sought after by the police.

Dec. 24, 2019

Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell, listed as persons of interest in the case,release a statement saying they love their son and daughter.

They also state looking forward to addressing “allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor,” according to the statement.

Jan. 7, 2020

The children’s grandparents post a $20,000 reward for information that leads to a safe return of the two children.

Kay and Larry Woodcock are the biological grandparents of Joshua Vallow, who was adopted by Lori Vallow. The grandparents state they still believe the children are alive.

Lori and Chad have not been seen since they left the home.

Jan. 27, 2020

Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell are located in Hawaii. However, the children are still not located.

The Kaua’i Police Department announce Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell had been staying on Kaua’i. The couple are served with a legal document ordering Lori Vallow to produce the children.

Police are still investigating the deaths of both of their former spouses.

Jan. 30, 2020

Lori Vallow fails to “physically produce” the two children. Vallow now faces a contempt order.

She is charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, police said. She is also charged with resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court, police said.

Kay Vallow Woodcock, a biological grandmother speaks to the press and says she was disappointed Lori did not produce the children.

Feb. 20, 2020

Lori Vallow is arrested in Hawaii. She was arrested on a warrant issued in Madison County, Idaho, and held on $5 million bail, Kauai police said.

Police say Lori and husband Chad Daybell have lied about knowing the whereabouts of the two missing Idaho children. Police found the couple had even lied about the existence of the two children, reporting Chad Daybell allegedly telling one person that Lori Vallow had no kids, and Lori Vallow allegedly telling another person that her daughter had died more than a year earlier.

Feb. 21, 2020

Bail is set for Lori Vallow and confirmed at $5 million after a court extradition hearing in Hawaii. Police haven’t confirmed whether they believe the children are still alive.

Police report Vallow will return to court for another extradition hearing March 2.

Feb. 25, 2020

ABC News catches Chad Daybell at a gas station in Hawaii. Daybell says that he is thankful for the support he has seen towards he and his wife. When asked if the children are okay his reply is, “No comment.”

March 4, 2020

Lori Vallow is still in custody in Hawaii. She is not expected to leave Hawaii until 11:30 p.m. Hawaii time.

March 5, 2020

Lori Vallow catches a red-eye flight from Hawaii early Thursday morning, presumably on her way back to Idaho. Vallow landed in LAX around 7:45  a.m. MST, however, there is little information regarding her whereabouts.

Airport goer Kevin Lunt captured a video of Lori Vallow exiting her plane and being escorted to a police vehicle.

The FBI also released a number of photos of both JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan at Yellowstone National Park on September 8, 2019. They ask anyone who may have photos or video to send them to the Bureau.

March 6, 2020

Lori Vallow makes her first appearance in a Rexburg courtroom where a judge reduced her bail to $1 million.


This timeline of events relating to the missing Idaho children will be updated.