Remains Found on Chad Daybell's Property Confirmed by Family as Lori Vallow's Missing Kids
Chad and Lori were married on Nov. 5, two weeks after the Oct. 19 death of Chad’s then-wife, Tammy. The investigation into the children’s disappearance has since yielded a second look at Tammy’s death, which officials now term “suspicious.”
After being arrested on Tuesday, Daybell made his first court appearance before a Fremont County judge Wednesday via video conference. Daybell has been charged with two counts of destruction, alteration and concealment of evidence.
During the hearing, Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood said the bodies' identities had not been confirmed yet, but said they were children. He also said "the manner of concealment" of one of the bodies was "particularly egregious."
Daybell is currently under investigation for potential murder, attempted murder and conspiracy charges in the death of his first wife, Tammy.
Lori Vallow, Husband Under Investigation for Possible Murder Charges as Her 2 Kids Remain Missing
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On Tuesday morning, Rexburg police, along with the Fremont County sheriff's office and FBI, executed a search warrant of Daybell's property.
It was the second major search of the property this year— the first being in January.
Vallow remains jailed in Madison County, Idaho, on felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, as well as resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, contempt of court and willful disobedience of court process or order for failing to produce the two kids. She has pleaded not guilty.
She also denied her ex-husband's claim that she knows the whereabouts of the missing kids.
Daybell remains behind bars on a $1 million bail.
Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood said during Wednesday's hearing, "One of the primary reasons we are asking the bail be set in that amount is the evidence that has been concealed in this case — it’s not simply a document, drugs, a gun. These are human remains. … We are aware that those remains are the remains of children, which we believe is an aggravating factor."
Daybell's attorney, John Prior, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. If found guilty of both charges, Daybell could face 10 years in prison.
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