Tylee Ryan, J.J. Vallow found; What happened to Lori Daybell’s children?


Lori Daybell got married five times between 1992 and 2019. Author Chad Daybell is her fifth and most recent husband.

Known as the Doomsday Mom, Lori is the biological mother of Colby Ryan and Tylee Ryan and the adoptive mother of Joshua Jaxon “J.J.” Vallow. Tylee’s biological father is the adoptive father of Colby while J.J.’s biological father is the nephew of Lori’s fourth husband Leland Anthony “Charles” Vallow.

Lori Daybell (©Madison County Sheriff's Office)
Lori Daybell (©Madison County Sheriff’s Office)

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 tried 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.

Also on June 9, 2020, Lori spoke to Chad via telephone. On August 4, 2020, a jailhouse recording of the conversation was played during a court proceeding to determine whether or not he would stand trial on charges related to the hiding of the two children’s remains.

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