Lori Vallow Wiki – Biography
Lori Vallow, was nabbed on a $5 million warrant from Madison County, Idaho, after she missed a Jan. 30 court-ordered deadline to bring the kids to authorities, the Kauai Police Department said in a statement.
Police in Hawaii announced the arrest of Lori Vallow, the mother of two missing Idaho children who haven't been seen since September. https://t.co/8UJWmnx0Q3
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Lori Vallow Age
She is 46 years old.
The children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, have been missing since September, according to the Rexburg Police Department in Idaho.
Authorities have been searching for them since November, when a relative called for a welfare check on Joshua, who is special needs, at the family’s home in Rexburg.
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Family members have expressed concern that a doomsday group that the kids’ mother is affiliated with may have played a role in their disappearance.
Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, the kids’ stepdad, have allegedly refused to cooperate with authorities and were tracked to a Hawaiian resort last month.
Police said there was no indication that the children were on the island of Kauai.
Vallow reportedly joined the group, Preparing a People, then wed Daybell, a Latter-day Saints author who has penned several books about the end of the world, around the same time the kids vanished.
Authorities have said their disappearance may be tied to the death of Daybell’s first wife, 49-year-old Tammy Daybell. She was found dead in her home in October, weeks before Chad married Vallow.
Vallow was charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. She also faces charges of resisting or obstructing police officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court, among others.
The doomsday-obsessed mother of two children who have been missing for months was arrested Thursday in Hawaii.
During the investigation, numerous details led authorities to believe she’d deserted her children. Authorities said JJ’s prescription to manage his autism had not been filled since Vallow moved to Idaho in September 2019, that she’d hired a babysitter for JJ only to fire her days later, and that Vallow has been living in Hawaii since December without the children.
An affidavit states that police have found “no evidence or verification of anyone providing for the housing, food, clothing, education or medical care” for the children since September.
Vallow moved to Kauai with her fifth husband, Chad Daybell, who is not the father of either JJ or Tylee. Daybell has not been charged with any crimes and recently flew back to Idaho.
Daybell told ABC News over the weekend that “the kids are safe,” but did not elaborate.
An attorney for Vallow did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News on Wednesday.
ABC News’ John Capell and Mike Repplier contributed to this report.