Lori Vallow's Husband Taken into Custody After Police Find What Appears to Be Human Remains at Home
Authorities have not yet publicly identified the remains or confirmed if they belong to more than one person.
What is believed to be human remains have been found at the Rexburg, Idaho home of Chad Daybell, the husband of Lori Vallow, police announced Tuesday.
Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagan told reporters at a press conference that investigators had made the grim discovery during the second search of the property.
"Detectives and investigators have recovered what is believed to be human remains that have not been identified at this time," according to KIFI/KIDK.
Daybell was taken into police custody one mile from his Fremont County home, the East Idaho News reports after authorities executed a search warrant of his Idaho residence on Tuesday morning.
At around 7 a.m., Rexburg police officers, Fremont County deputies and FBI agents executed a search warrant of Daybell's home, Fox13, the News and CBS report. Authorities remained on the scene for hours before Daybell was reportedly taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. It is unknown what authorities were searching for, because the warrant has been sealed.
This is the second major search of Daybell's home this year— the first being in early January.
Daybell is currently under investigation for potential murder, attempted murder and conspiracy charges in the death of his first wife. His current wife, Lori Vallow, is behind bars on a $1 million bond after being arrested in February for failing to produce her two missing children, 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, to police.
The children disappeared amidst a trail of strange deaths both before and after Daybell and Vallow's November marriage.
Now, Daybell is being investigated in Idaho, where he lived at the time with his previous wife, Tammy, who died just two weeks before he and Vallow got married.
No charges against Daybell or Vallow have been filed as of now in connection with Tammy's death.
Police began searching for Vallow's two missing children in late November 2019, after grandparents of the adopted J.J. raised concerns about his whereabouts. Vallow and Daybell then "abruptly vacated" their Rexburg home as authorities prepared to serve search warrants, according to police.
In late January of this year, the couple was found without Vallow's missing children in Kaua'i, Hawaii, where Vallow defied an order to produce them.
J.J., was last seen on Sept. 23 at his school in Rexburg. Lori subsequently withdrew J.J. from the school, telling the principal she wanted to homeschool him.
The last image of Vallow's daughter, Tylee, dates to a Sept. 8 day trip Tylee made to Yellowstone National Park with her mom, brother and uncle, according to the court filing in Madison County, Idaho, that led to Lori’s arrest in the children’s disappearance.
Police say they have documented inconsistent statements from Vallow and Daybell about the children's whereabouts. Daybell, an author of religious-themed doomsday writings, has not been charged in connection with their disappearance.
Vallow remains jailed in Madison County, Idaho, on felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, as well as resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, contempt of court and willful disobedience of court process or order for failing to produce the two kids. She has pleaded not guilty.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that Daybell's home was searched today, with about 20 agents assisting.
Calls to the police department were not immediately returned Tuesday.