The FBI has released a new photo of Tylee Ryan, her 7-year-old brother JJ Vallow, and their uncle Alex Cox during a family trip to Yellowstone National Park, the last time Tylee was seen alive.
“Dateline NBC” producer Shane Bishop shared the new photo on Twitter, ahead of a segment about the deaths of Lori Vallow’s children set to air on Monday night.
This just in: FBI releases new photo of Tylee, JJ and Alex Cox in Yellowstone National Pakr on last day Tylee was known to be alive. Tune in for an all new report tonight #Dateline #ChadDaybell pic.twitter.com/Z8FdWo1pul
— Shane Bishop (@shanebishop) June 22, 2020
The image is a higher-quality capture of the three relatives than was previously released as part of the missing persons investigation.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, prosecutors unsealed the arrest affidavit for Vallow’s husband Chad Daybell late last week. The documents show that Alex Cox’s cell phone was traced to Daybell’s backyard on the two mornings after each of the children were last seen alive. The photos from Yellowstone National Park are the last known photos of Tylee Ryan, and appear to have been taken hours before her presumed murder. Authorities have not yet released the autopsy results or commented on the cause of death for either of the children.
On June 9, authorities found the remains of Tylee and JJ in Daybell’s backyard, in precisely the locations where cell phone data placed Alex Cox on September 9 and September 23. Cox himself died in December, and authorities recently determined that he died of natural causes.
The arrest affidavit appears to show that JJ Vallow’s body was buried in a tightly-wrapped plastic bag, and Tylee Ryan’s remains were burned before they were buried in or near a pet cemetery at the Idaho home.
Daybell was taken into custody on the same day the human remains were found on his property, and will plead not guilty to two felony counts of concealment or destruction of evidence. Vallow has been in jail in Madison County since February, facing charges of felony child desertion. Neither Vallow or Daybell have yet been charged with murder, though a prosecutor at Daybell’s preliminary hearing suggested that more charges could be forthcoming.
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