Noting that the announcement came with “heavy hearts,” officials confirmed Saturday that the two bodies recovered from a backyard in Idaho were the remains of missing children’s “doomsday cult” mom Lori Vallow.
Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, have been missing since September. Their remains were found Tuesday, buried on the property of stepdad Chad Daybell, a former gravedigger who was Lori Vallow’s husband.
The couple is in custody in Fremont County, Idaho.
Friends and family members have said Lori was an attentive mother to the two children until she became involved with Daybell in a religious group called “Preparing a People.”
Daybell frequently spoke of near-death experiences, his acquaintances have said, and in 2001 authored a macabre memoir: “One Foot in the Grave: The Strange But True Adventures of a Sexton Cemetery.”
“The remains were taken to the medical examiner’s office where an autopsy and positive identification were performed,” the Rexburg Police Department said in a statement.
“It is with heavy hearts that we now confirm that those remains have been officially identified as those of J.J. Vallow and Tylee Ryan,” the statement said.
“It is not the outcome we were hoping for, to be able to find children safe,” the statement added.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of JJ and Tylee.”
With Post Straightening