J.J. was last seen Sept. 23 at his school in Rexburg, before his mother unenrolled him and told the principal she was considering home-schooling. The last known image of Tylee was taken Sept. 8 while Tylee was on a day trip to Yellowstone National Park with her mother, brother and her uncle, Alex Cox, according to a court filing in Madison County, Idaho.
Authorities using Cox's cell phone records allegedly placed him on Daybell's property on two dates that align with the last time the children were seen, and used that as a basis to search there for the children's bodies.
Cox killed Charles Vallow, who was then estranged from Lori, in July 2019 in what he described as a self-defense shooting during an altercation at Lori's home in Arizona before she moved to Idaho. Cox was not charged. Then, in December, Cox died after he was discovered unresponsive in the bathroom of the home he shared with his wife of 12 days in Gilbert, Arizona. A medical examiner eventually ruled that Cox died of natural causes.
Daybell married Vallow two weeks after the Oct. 19 death of his then-wife, Tammy. The investigation into the children’s disappearance has since yielded a second look at Tammy’s death, which officials have subsequently termed “suspicious.”
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