Idaho police are searching for two children who have not been seen since September but were not reported missing by their mother or step father just weeks after his first wife was found dead under circumstantial circumstances.
The children – seven-year-old Joshua Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan – are believed to be in serious danger, Rexburg police said in a press release Saturday.
Authorities have asked the public for information on the whereabouts of the children’s mother, Lori Vallow, and her new husband, Chad Daybell.
They suspect the children’s disappearance may be linked to the October death of Daybell’s wife Tammy in Springville, Utah.
Vallow and Daybell tied the knot shortly after his wife Tammy was found dead at her home in Springville on October 19.
Investigators initially determined that she died of natural causes but are now treating her death as suspicious. Her body was exhumed on December 11 so an autopsy could be conducted.
Police began searching for Joshua and Tylee in early November after a relative reported that they hadn’t seen the seven-year-old, who has special needs, since September.
Investigators said Vallow and Daybell lied about the children’s whereabouts and refused to cooperate with the investigation.
‘They’ve told us several stories about where the children are, but when we investigate, the children don’t exist where they say they should,’ Rexberg Police Chief Shane Turman told EastIdahoNews.com.
‘We don’t know where they are at, but we think they are in pretty serious danger.’
Rexburg police executed search warrants at locations in Rexburg associated with Vallow on November 27 in an attempt to locate Joshua.
Officers found that Vallow and Daybell had abruptly left their Rexburg home, and their whereabouts are unknown.
Authorities do not believe the children were with the couple when they left.
They have asked for anyone with information about the case to contact the Rexburg Police Department at 208-359-3000, or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 800-THE-LOST.
Joshua, seven, has brown eyes and brown hair. He is 4′ tall and weighs 50lbs.
Tylee, 17, has blonde hair and blue eyes. She is 5′ tall and weighs 160lbs.
Lori Vallow, 46, has blonde hair and blue eyes and is 5’6″.
Chad Daybell, 51, has brown hair and blue eyes and is 6’3″.