Cellphone data led to bodies of Lori Vallow’s children: report

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Cellphone location data pointed law enforcement officials in the direction of human remains as they investigated the disappearance of Lori Vallow’s missing children, according to a local report.

The FBI tracked movements of Alex Cox, Vallow’s late brother, using the mobile data before the police uncovered remains on the Idaho property of Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, earlier this month, according to a probable cause affidavit published by KSL-TV.

Remains on Daybell’s property were later confirmed to belong to Vallow’s children, daughter Tylee Ryan and son JJ Vallow.

The kids went missing in September, and the search for the children fascinated a cluster of eastern Idaho communities and rest of the nation. Tylee, was 17 when she went missing; JJ was 7. Their remains were discovered June 9.

Lori Vallow, 46, and Daybell, 51, reportedly had unusual doomsday beliefs that isolated them from their relatives.

An FBI analysis found Cox visited Daybell’s property four times in September, according to the affidavit, including a more than two-hour stay on Sept. 9, one day after the last known sighting of Tylee.

On Sept. 9, Cox’s phone pinged on the property near a pet cemetery where the human remains were found, according to the 11-page probable cause statement. Daybell texted his wife saying he was burying a raccoon at the pet cemetery, according to the affadavit.

Earlier this month, Daybell was arrested and charged with two counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. Vallow was arrested in February. She faces charges including desertion and nonsupport of dependent children.

Cox died in December.


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