The stepfather of two missing Idaho children made a significant increase to his wife’s life insurance policy shortly before she died suddenly this fall, sources have said.
According to East Idaho News, multiple unidentified sources said that Chad Daybell substantially increased at least one of Tammy Daybell’s life insurance policies, just days before she died in October. Daybell married Lori Vallow, whose children have both been missing since September, just weeks later.
East Idaho News obtained court documents showing that Daybell received $430,000 dollars from multiple life insurance policies after his wife died. And a friend of one of his children, who requested anonymity, told the news outlet that Daybell’s quick marriage to Vallow came as a surprise to his children.
The friend shared a conversation she had with Daybell’s son shortly after Tammy Daybell’s death.
“We were talking about how his family is doing and he told me his dad remarried,” she told East Idaho News.
“I thought it was a joke because he kind of laughed about it afterward. I laughed and he said, ‘No, I’m serious. My dad went to Hawaii on a business trip and met a widow and they just got married.’”
Multiple earlier reports, some citing email correspondences involving Chad Daybell, have indicated that he and Vallow were familiar to each other before both of their spouses died in 2019.
The son then made a cryptic comment about his father, apparently without elaborating.
“I’ll never forget he said, ‘My dad’s not a bad guy – he’s just done some bad things,’” the friend said.
Other sources noted that Tammy Vallow’s memorial service seemed to have hastily come together, and said a casket wasn’t present.
According to the report, Daybell published an essay in ‘Moving in the LDS-AVOW (Another Voice of Warning) Global Initiative Newsletter about Tammy’s death, nine days after she died.
“My dear wife Tammy passed away in her sleep early Saturday, October 19. When I awoke at around 6 a.m., it was clear she had been gone for several hours,” he wrote in the essay, titled “Moving into the Second Half of My Life.”
“It came as a shock. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t been awakened somehow, but all indications are that her spirit simply slipped away during the night. Her face looked serene, with her eyes closed and a slight smile. It was devastating to discover her that way, but I’m so grateful that her death was peaceful.”
Daybell also wrote that Tammy had communicated “several messages” to him.
“I’m in the process of implementing what she has told me to do. She has indicated that my life has two parts that were planned even before I came to earth.”
Vallow’s children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, remain unaccounted for nearly two weeks after her arrest in Hawaii on child abandonment charges on February 20. She is scheduled to return to Idaho on Thursday and appear in court on Friday.
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[Feature image: Chad and Tammy Daybell/Facebook]