Missing Idaho children's mom and stepdad were involved in a cult, says their aunt: 'I pray that they’re okay'

Missing Idaho children's mom and stepdad were involved in a cult, says their aunt: 'I pray that they’re okay'
Chad Daybell, Lori Vallow (Rexburg Police)

REXBURG, IDAHO: The parents of two children who went missing from Idaho two months ago were reportedly involved in a secret cult. 

Tylee Ryan, 17, and 7-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow have not been seen since September. After they were questioned about the missing children, their mother, Lori Vallow, and step-father, Chad Daybell, disappeared from their home on November 26 and are yet to be located by the authorities. 

The children’s aunt, Kay Woodcock, told Radar Online that after Vallow and Daybell wrote a number of books revolving around the end of the world, they were kicked out of the Mormon church. They eventually ended up becoming the leaders of a cult called Preparing A People. 

“I pray that they’re okay. I’m trying to be positive. I just want JJ found,” Woodcock said, adding that she thought that the cult was somehow linked to the disappearance of the children. 

Tylee Ryan, Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow (Rexburg Police)

“They say it’s Mormon based, but Chad Daybell was ex-communicated from the Mormon church and Lori will be too,” she said. “So it’s absolutely not Mormon, it’s a cult. Daybell wrote all these books with his own thoughts about things, and then it went from there.”

She added: “I’m not worried for Lori one bit, she made her bed. My hope is that she gets apprehended and has to face a jury. That’s my hope. So that’s what we pray. I quit worrying about her a long time ago when she wouldn’t let us see our [nephew] after my brother died, after he was murdered. After they murdered him, she would not allow me to see him or talk to him.”

At present, the police were investigating the mysterious death of Daybell’s late wife Tammy Daybell, 49, who fell sick after the children went missing. 

“Tammy was [Daybell’s] first wife, who just died in October, or actually was murdered I should say,” Woodcock claimed. “He’s probably a monster too, just like Lori.” “It’s one of those stories that is so crazy it can’t be made up,” Woodcock. Se believed that Tammy had joined the cult in the last few years.


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