An attorney the mother of two missing Idaho children has filed a request for discovery, asking for a list of evidentiary items as Lori Vallow awaits trial on child desertion charges.
Vallow’s two children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, have not been seen since September 2019. After Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell fled to Hawaii amid the missing persons investigation and Vallow later failed to comply with a court order to produce the children, she was arrested in Hawaii and extradited to Idaho, where she remains jailed in Madison County on $1 million bail.
AZFamily.com reports that Vallow’s attorney Mark Means filed a discovery request asking for numerous items, including the autopsy reports for two of Vallow’s former husbands, her brother, and Daybell’s former wife Tammy Daybell, who died suddenly in October. After authorities initially determined that Tammy Daybell died of natural causes, they re-opened the investigation in December and exhumed her body. The status of the renewed investigation is not known.
Vallow’s former husband Chad Daybell was fatally shot in July 2019 by Vallow’s brother Alex Cox, who claimed self-defense. Cox later died in December of still-unknown causes. Vallow’s previous husband Joseph Ryan, Tylee’s father, died of a reported heart attack in 2018, well over a decade after he and Vallow divorced in 2004. Last month, police in Phoenix reportedly said that the FBI had contacted the department for information about Ryan’s death.
Vallow is due back in court on May 7.
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[Feature image: John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool]