Joshua Vallow, at left, and Tylee Ryan, right, have been missing since September, 2019. (Photos/Handout/Rexburg Police Department)
UPDATED 11:57 AM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020
As authorities continue to piece together what happened to two missing Idaho children, officers in Hawaii have taken their mother into custody.
47-year-old Lori Vallow was detained by Kauai Police Thursday on an arrest warrant from Madison County, Idaho, which was issued after she failed to comply with a court order to produce her missing kids from nearly a month ago.
17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua Vallow were last seen in Rexburg, Idaho in September. According to Kauai Police, there is no evidence suggesting the children are now on the island.
After the news of Vallow’s arrest, a private investigator, who has been following the case since the fall, is hopeful the world will get some answers.
“I would think it would have to have some effect of putting some pressure on Lori to come up with some explanation if the kids are safe, if they’re in a place that’s safe,” said investigator Rich Robertson. “Then all she has to do is say where they are.”
Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell, who was not arrested, refused to cooperate with authorities back in Idaho. They told police Joshua was visiting a family friend in Arizona, which officers later found was untrue. Vallow and Daybell reportedly told some people that Tylee had died even before her disappearance, which was also proven to be false.
Just weeks before Vallow’s arrest, authorities came across an abandoned storage unit containing personal items believed to belong to the missing kids. Authorities are also looking at the connection between the couple’s involvement in a doomsday cult and three suspicious deaths.
FILE – In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 file photo Kay and Larry Woodcock speak to members of the media at the Rexburg Standard Journal Newspaper in Rexburg, Idaho. The Woodcocks are offering $20,000 for information that leads to the recovery of Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan, who were last seen in September 2019. Their mother, Lori Vallow, also known as Lori Daybell, 47, was arrested Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Hawaii on a warrant issued by Madison County, Idaho, and was being held on $5-million bail. (John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, File)
Joshua’s grandparents were overjoyed by the news of Vallow’s arrest and have urged her to speak up.
“You better start talking now, maybe you can stave off a year or two off your sentence you’re about to have when you go to court,” said grandmother Kay Woodcock.
Among the charges against Vallow are two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children as well as obstructing police officers. Vallow is being held on a $5 million bond and will have the opportunity to waive or fight extradition to Idaho at her pending court hearing.
If found guilty, she could face up to 14 years in prison for each count of desertion. The whereabouts of Tylee and Joshua are still unknown.