A coroner in Idaho has confirmed that autopsies have been completed on the bodies of two missing children found buried in their stepfather Chad Daybell’s backyard earlier this month, but additional testing is needed before authorities can confirm the cause of death or release the results.
East Idaho News reports that Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens said in a news release that the coroner’s office is conducting additional testing on the remains of Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow, and the results may not be available for several weeks.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, an arrest affidavit for Chad Daybell showed that Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow’s uncle Alex Cox was at Daybell’s property on the mornings of September 9 and September 23, the day after each of Lori Vallow’s children were last seen alive. JJ Vallow was found wrapped in a plastic bag, and Tylee Ryan’s remains had been burned.
Investigators discovered the remains on June 9, and the arrest affidavit indicates that authorities used cell phone tracking data, following Cox’s movements, to pinpoint where on the property the children had been buried.
The recent East Idaho News report appears to confirm that Tylee Ryan’s body was dismembered.
On September 9, Chad Daybell sent text messages to his since-deceased wife Tammy Daybell, claiming to have burned tree limbs in the backyard, and said that while doing so he shot a raccoon. It is unclear if Daybell truly shot an animal that day.
Both Daybell and Vallow are in custody on felony charges, but neither has yet been charged with murder.
Daybell’s former wife Tammy died in October of what authorities initially said were natural causes. In December, investigators exhumed her body and re-opened the death investigation. Alex Cox died in December, just after Tammy Daybell’s remains were exhumed. An autopsy found the Cox died of a pulmonary embolism. Authorities have not yet released the results of Tammy Daybell’s autopsy.
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