Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell were reportedly still in Hawaii three days after she missed a court-ordered deadline to prove to authorities her children were alive and well.
A reporter for East Idaho News who has been on location in Hawaii said in social media posts that sources told him they saw Vallow, whose teenage daughter and 7-year-old autistic son have been missing for months, with her husband Chad Daybell at an LDS church in Kapa’a, Hawaii, on Sunday.
“They were seen speaking with the bishop and acted as if everything was ok,” reporter Nate Easton said in a Facebook post.
“One member overheard them saying media reports are one-sided and lies.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Vallow and Daybell were discovered on January 25 to be living in Hawaii, two months after they fled their Rexburg, Idaho, home following a visit from police. Rexburg police had gone to the home to perform a requested welfare check, when they discovered for the first time that Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, were missing. An investigation found that the children had not been seen since September.
After police in Kauai located Vallow and Daybell living on the island, the Kauai Police Department served Vallow with a court order giving her until January 30 to present the missing children at the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare or the Rexburg police headquarters.
But Vallow missed the deadline, and does not appear to have left Hawaii since being served. Her refusal to comply with the order could bring a contempt of court charge, but authorities in Hawaii and Idaho have not specified what penalties Vallow will face and it is unclear if they are expected to take her into custody.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Daybell and Vallow are both believed to be connected to a media company with ties to what relatives believe is an end-days cult. In a statement on its website published after Vallow’s story made national headlines, the organization distanced itself from Daybell and said it would no longer promote any media content affiliated with Daybell or Vallow.
Both Vallow’s and Daybell’s previous spouses died last year. Vallow’s husband Charles Vallow was fatally shot by her brother Alex Cox at an Arizona residence in July. The couple was going through a separation at the time, and Cox told police he shot Charles Daybell in self-defense. Cox later died in December, but authorities have not released a cause of death.
Chad’s wife Tammy Daybell died in October, and authorities initially determined she died of natural causes. They have since exhumed her body for a thorough medical examination to determine if foul play is involved.
The Rexburg Police Department has not responded to CrimeOnline’s request for comment.
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