Joshua Vallow Wiki
Family members of the mother of two missing children say she had joined a “dangerous cult” in both years, after it was revealed that she had disappeared with her new husband. The children, Joshua Vallow, seven, and Tylee Ryan, 17, have not been seen since September. But the children were never reported missing by their mother Lori Vallow or her new husband Chad Daybell, whom he married only weeks after his first wife was found dead in mysterious circumstances.
Joshua’s grandmother, Arizona-based Kay Vallow
In one post on Facebook, Joshua’s grandmother, Arizona-based Kay Vallow Woodcock, wrote that Lori was a ‘wonderful, loving, attentive mother’ to Joshua, who is Level 2 on the Autism spectrum and had been adopted by Lori and Charles in 2013.
‘Things started changing over the past 18+ months when Lori began spending all her time with a new religious group, that we refer to as a ‘cult’,’ she noted, without naming the group.
Kay and husband Larry Woodcock told Fox 10 that they last saw Joshua via FaceTime in August and that Lori had moved the two missing children from Arizona to Idaho shortly before they went missing in September.
Kay told the news station that Lori’s personality had changed over the last 24 months.
‘To think that within the last two years she has completely changed into a monster, I’m making an understatement,’ Kay said.
She added: ‘Something happened to her. She just turned off and once she got involved with that cult with Daybell, she just turned off the person we knew just went away.’
The religious group is reportedly a radical offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Daybell is a self-proclaimed Latter-day Saint author, who has written books detailing the end of the world, Fox13 reports.
The couple vanished themselves the day after police conducted a wellness check on the children on November 26, after family members said they had not seen them in months.
Police believe the children are in serious danger, and also suspect the disappearance may be linked to the October 19 death of Chad’s previous wife, Tammy Daybell, at her home in Rexburg.
Lori was herself widowed in July when her husband, Charles Vallow, 63, of Texas, was fatally shot by her brother, Alex Cox, in Chandler, Arizona.
Now family members of the children have said they believes Lori’s new religious beliefs may be behind the disappearances.
Police now believe that the children’s disappearance is related to the death of Tammy.
They exhumed Tammy’s body on December 11 so an autopsy could be performed.