The Idaho Attorney General has opened an investigation of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell that appears to be connected to the suspicious death of Chad Daybell’s wife Tammy Daybell.
East Idaho News obtained a letter from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office stating that Deputy Attorney General Colleen Zahn would be working with Fremont County Prosecuting Attorney Marcia Murdoch to investigate Daybell and Vallow conspiracy, attempted murder and/or murder.
Murdoch had reportedly sent a letter asking for the AG’s assistance in an investigation into the death of Tammy Daybell, Chad’s former wife who died at home in mid-October, just weeks before Chad married Lori Vallow. Authorities had initially determined that Tammy died of natural causes, but later re-opened the investigation and exhumed her body for further examination.
According to the report, investigators are still waiting for the results of the autopsy and the toxicology examination. It is unclear why the autopsy results appear to have been delayed, as the body was exhumed in December.
Daybell has not been charged with any crimes, and Lori Vallow has not been charged in connection with Tammy Daybell’s death. As the East Idaho News report notes, the investigation may not lead to charges for either Vallow or Daybell.
Vallow’s two children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, have not been seen since September. Vallow is in custody in Madison County, Idaho, on charges of child desertion. She failed to comply with a court order earlier this year to bring the children to authorities to prove they were alive and safe.
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