vallow daybell

Dead wife of suspected cult leader called 911, said man was pointing ‘paintball’ gun at her days before her death

Relatives believe that the gun was real, and claimed the man pointing it was wearing a disguise

A police investigate the deaths of former spouses of a couple believed to be members of an end-days cult, police have confirmed that Tammy Daybell called 911 days before her death.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Lori Vallow’s children, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, have not been seen since September.

Authorities believe that Vallow knows where her children are or what happened to them, and have said she and her husband Chad Daybell are refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

Daybell’s wife Tammy Daybell died in October, reportedly just two weeks before Chad and Lori were married. Although authorities initially ruled that Tammy died of natural causes, they have since exhumed her body for a more complete medical examination to determine if foul play was involved.

According to East Idaho News, police in Rexberg, Idaho, confirmed that Tammy Daybell called 911 days before her death to say that someone was pointing a “paintball” gun at her.

Kay Woodcock, who is reportedly JJ Vallow’s biological grandmother and the sister of Lori’s late husband Charles Vallow, spoke to East Idaho News with her husband Larry Woodcock. She and her husband told the news outlet that they believe a man in disguise was pointing a real gun at Tammy Daybell when she called 911.

“That wasn’t a paintball gun,” Kay Woodcock said.

“The fact that he pulled the trigger twice and it didn’t do anything is because it misfired. Otherwise she’d probably have been dead that day.”

“What makes me believe that is, first, (the gunman) was totally masked … He was in all black,” Larry Woodcock said.

Kay Woodcock also told the news outlet that Lori Vallow once admitted to her that Charles Vallow was her fourth husband, As CrimeOnline previously reported, Vallow was married to a man before Charles who reportedly died of a heart attack in 2018. There have not been any further reports about previous husbands.

Charles Vallow died in July after Lori Vallow’s brother Alex Cox allegedly shot him. Cox reportedly claimed that he shot Charles in self-defense. Cox died in December of undisclosed causes, and his death is being investigated.

“She’s a black widow,” Kay Woodcock told East Idaho News.

“(Husband) three and (husband) four are dead. Five? He’s next. How he’s gonna go? I don’t know. But I wouldn’t sleep with my eyes closed.”

As CrimeOnline previously reported, investigators from multiple agencies searched the Idaho home where Charles and Tammy Daybell lived with their children on Friday. Law enforcement sources said they were looking for evidence connected to both Tammy Daybell’s death and the disappearance of Lori Vallow’s two children.

Family members have said they believe that Chad Daybell is the leader of a so-called doomsday cult. According to court documents obtained by an Idaho news station last week, Charles Vallow claimed last year that Lori Vallow had become involved in an extreme religious organization and believed she was a “god.” He reportedly claimed that Lori threatened to kill him if he interfered with her mission to to “carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020.”

Anyone with information about the disappearance of JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan is urged to call (208) 359-3000 or 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678).

For the latest true crime and justice news, subscribe to the ‘Crime Stories with Nancy Grace’ podcast.