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Lori Daybell biography: 13 things about Tylee Ryan, J.J. Vallow’s mother

Lori Daybell (©Madison County Sheriff's Office)

Lori Daybell (©Madison County Sheriff’s Office)

Lori Daybell is known as the Doomsday Mom. She is the biological mother of Colby Ryan and the late Tylee Ryan and the adoptive mother of the late Joshua Jaxon “J.J.” Vallow.

Tylee’s biological father is the adoptive father of Colby. J.J. is the biological son of Daybell’s fourth husband’s nephew.

Between 1992 and 2019, Lori got married five times. Her most recent husband is author Chad Daybell.

From Springville, Utah, United States, Chad and his first wife Tamara “Tammy” Douglas Daybell moved to their newly purchased house in Salem, Idaho, USA in June 2015. In September 2019, Lori moved with Tylee and J.J. to Rexburg, Idaho to be with Chad and in the same month, Tylee and J.J. went missing.

On October 9, 2019, Tammy called police to report a masked assailant who tied to shoot her in her garage with what she believed was a paintball gun. On October 19, 2019, she died of undisclosed causes in her home in Salem.

On June 9, 2020, human remains were found in the backyard of Chad’s property in Salem and on June 10, 2020, he was arrested, charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence and held at Fremont County Jail in St. Anthony, Idaho. On June 13, 2020, authorities officially confirmed that the remains were those of Tylee and J.J.

Lori was born Lori Norene Cox in San Bernardino, California, USA to Barry Lynn Cox and Janice Lee Cox Cox. She has two older brothers Alexander Lamar “Alex” Cox and Adam L. Cox, an older sister named Stacey Cox and a younger sister named Summer Novelle Cox Shiflet. Alex married Zulema Pastenes on November 29, 2019 and legally changed his named to Alex Pastenes on November 30, 2019.

Chad and Lori share doomsday beliefs. Here are 13 more facts about her:


  1. In 1992, she married her high school sweetheart Nelson Yanes. They divorced shortly after.
  2. On October 22, 1995, she married William Lagioia in Travis County, Texas, USA. In 1996, she gave birth to their son Colby Lagioia. She and William divorced on February 25, 1998.
  3. In 2001, she married Joseph Anthony Ryan Jr., who legally adopted Colby. She gave birth to their daughter Tylee on September 24, 2002. On August 13, 2004, Joseph filed for divorce, which was finalized on May 18, 2005. On August 5, 2007, her brother Alex attacked Joseph in Travis County with a taser and threatened to murder him. Alex pleaded guilty and served a 90-day sentence in jail in Austin, Texas. On April 3, 2018, Joseph died from a myocardial infraction.
  4. On February 24, 2006, she married Leland Anthony “Charles” Vallow. They legally adopted his grandnephew J.J. in July 2014. In December 2014, the couple moved to Kauai, Hawaii, USA with Tylee and J.J.
  5. In 2015, she obsessively read Chad’s book “The Celestial City (Standing in Holy Places),” which was published on June 30, 2008. On December 5, 2018, she joined him in an episode of Preparing a People” podcast titled “Time to Warrior Up.” 
  6. In 2017, she moved to Arizona, USA with Charles, Tylee and J.J. She vanished from February 10, 2019 to April 9, 2019 after telling Charles that she no longer cared about him and J.J. and that she was the reincarnated wife of Mormonism and the Latter Day Saint movement founder Joseph Smith. Charles filed for divorce on February 8, 2019 but withdrew it on March 6, 2019. On July 11, 2019, Charles was fatally shot in her house in Chandler, Arizona by her brother Alex, who died of blood clots and high blood pressure at his home in Gilbert, Arizona on December 12, 2019.
  7. On January 28, 2019, she transferred $10,000 out of Charles’ business account into an unknown account and 2,000 Enterprise points to her personal account while he was on a business trip. She transferred an additional $25,000 out of his business account to an unknown account on January 29, 2019.
  8. On October 2, 2019, she bought a wedding ring for $35.99 on Amazon from Charles’s account. On the same day, her nephew-in-law Brandon Boudreaux was the target of a failed drive-by shooting in Gilbert by someone driving a green Jeep Cherokee still registered to Charles.
  9. On November 5, 2019, Chad and Lori got married in Hawaii. On November 26, 2019, the Rexburg Police Department learned that Tylee and J.J. were missing and on November 27, 2019, she and Chad vanished. On December 20, 2019, the department officially announced an investigation into the disappearances of the two children.
  10. On January 25, 2020, she and Chad were found in Kauai where authorities served her with court order requiring her to produce Tylee and J.J. within five days. She missed the deadline on January 30, 2020.
  11. She was 46 years old when the Kauai Police Department arrested her on February 20, 2020 in Princeville, Hawaii and prosecutors in Madison County, Idaho charged her with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children as well as three misdemeanors namely resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court. She agreed to be extradited back to Idaho to fight the charges. On March 6, 2020, she arrived in Rexburg and was taken to Madison County Jail. On July 2, 2020, the prosecutors dropped the two felony counts and charged her instead with obstruction or concealment of evidence.
  12. She spoke to Chad via telephone on June 9, 2020, the same day Tylee and J.J.’s were found on his property in Salem. A jailhouse recording of the conversation was played during a court proceeding on August 4, 2020 to determine whether or not he would stand trial on charges related to the hiding of the two children’s remains.
  13. She was initially held on $5 million bail, which was later lowered to $1 million. On July 17, 2020, Magistrate Judge Michelle Mallard in Madison County decreased it to $150,000 but noted she would still need to post $1 million in Fremont County, Idaho to get out of jail.

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