A childhood friend of Tylee Ryan, who was found dead with her younger brother in her stepfather’s back yard, claims that Tylee’s mother Lori Vallow talked about a group suicide, apparently believing that doomsday was just around the corner.
As KUTV reports, Alexcia Law, a friend of Tylee’s, came to Idaho to attend a vigil for Tylee and her 7-year-old brother JJ Vallow, who were both found dead last week in the backyard of Lori Vallow’s husband Chad Daybell.
Alexcia reportedly became close friends with Tylee when the Vallow family was living in Hawaii, and told the news outlet that she felt like Lori Vallow’s “second daughter.”
She said that she lived just a few doors down from the Vallows, and that Lori Vallow was the children’s leader at their church. Alexcia recalled a happy family, though she shared some concerning statements Vallow made.
“Lori would talk about the end of the world and the second coming all the time. And she would joke about it; she’d be like, ‘let’s go off a cliff.’ She’s like, ‘the world is going to end, let’s just die all together.’ And talk about running all of us off of a cliff together.”
Alexcia said that she assumed Vallow was not entirely serious about these statements, and said she and Tylee lost touch after their families moved back to different states in the continental U.S. But the teen girl reached out to Tylee after hearing that her stepfather Charles Vallow had been fatally shot last summer.
“I texted her, I was like, ‘I’m thinking about you and hope you’re OK.’ She was like, ‘I’m OK,’ and I never heard from her again. It was really sad.”
Alexcia said that when she knew Tylee, she was a happy, energetic girl who loved her family.
“She was always so happy, and she loved JJ, and she did everything with him,” she said.
Authorities in Idaho confirmed this weekend that the remains found on Daybell’s property were that of the children, who had not been seen alive since September. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Daybell’s attorney entered a not guilty plea on behalf of his client on Monday. Daybell is currently facing two felony counts of concealment or destruction of evidence.
The probable cause affidavit pertaining to Daybell’s charges has been sealed, reportedly because it “is necessary to prevent harm to any person or persons.”
Vallow is in jail in Madison County awaiting trial on charges of felony desertion.
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[Feature image: John Roark/The Idaho Post-Register via AP, Pool]