What Happened To JJ and Tylee? Why Did Lori Vallow Kill Tylee and JJ?



In the year 2019, the world was shaken by a tragic incident involving two innocent souls – JJ and Tylee. These were not just any children; they were young lives filled with promise and dreams. JJ, born in 2012, was adopted by his mother, Lori Vallow, and her husband, Charles Vallow, in 2014. Tylee, on the other hand, was born in 2002, the biological daughter of Lori Vallow from a previous marriage. Together, they formed a family in Chandler, Arizona, until September 2019, when their lives took a devastating turn.


Mysterious Disappearance

The nightmare began when Tylee Ashlyn and Joshua Jaxon Vallow mysteriously vanished. Tylee’s last known sighting was on September 8, 2019, during a visit to Yellowstone National Park. JJ, a young boy full of life, was last seen on September 22, 2019, at Rexburg’s Kennedy Elementary School. Their sudden disappearance sent shockwaves through their community and beyond.


Unraveling the Mystery

The initial investigations painted a puzzling picture. Lori Vallow Daybell, the children’s mother, and her new husband, Chad Daybell, claimed that JJ was residing with a family friend in Arizona. However, this story quickly unraveled when it was discovered that Tylee was also missing. This led to a growing suspicion that something grave had befallen the innocent children.


A Dark Turn of Events

The investigation into JJ and Tylee’s disappearance took a dark turn as a series of suspicious deaths came to light. In July 2019, Lori’s estranged fourth husband, Charles Vallow, was tragically shot and killed by Lori’s brother, Alexander Cox. Then, in October 2019, Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell, passed away in her sleep, initially attributed to ‘natural causes’ but later determined to be asphyxiation caused by someone else.


Arrest and Discovery

On February 20, 2020, Lori Vallow was apprehended in Kauai, Hawaii, and charged with desertion and nonsupport of her dependent children. She was subsequently extradited to Idaho on March 5, 2020. The investigation took a grim turn on June 9, 2020, when police executed a search warrant at Chad Daybell’s residence. To everyone’s horror, the remains of JJ and Tylee were discovered buried in shallow graves in Chad’s backyard. Chad was arrested on charges of destruction or concealment of evidence, and the world held its breath.


The Shocking Charges

The shockwaves reverberated worldwide when Lori and Chad were charged with first-degree murder on May 25, 2021, not only for the deaths of Tylee and JJ but also for the tragic loss of Tammy Daybell. The court documents revealed that the children had been killed in September 2019, shortly after their disappearance, and their lifeless bodies were concealed on Chad Daybell’s property in Rexburg, Idaho. This development marked a heart-wrenching chapter in the quest for justice.


The Motive Behind the Tragedy

The question that lingers in the hearts and minds of many is why Lori Vallow would commit such an unthinkable act against her own flesh and blood. It is alleged that Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell conspired with Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, to carry out these heinous crimes based on their doomsday cult beliefs. The motive behind these devastating actions extended beyond religious reasons; it included financial gain. Their sinister plan aimed to secure Tammy’s life insurance money and claim the children’s social security and survivor benefits.


In Memoriam

The tragic tale of JJ and Tylee is a heart-wrenching reminder of the darkness that can exist within individuals. As the world grapples with the details of this shocking case, we remember the innocent lives lost and the pursuit of justice that has followed. May their memory live on, and may this story serve as a stark reminder of the importance of protecting and cherishing the lives of our children.