Weeks before Tammy Daybell’s sudden death, her husband Chad Daybell claimed he had been “visited” by her dead grandmother, who gave him a message that she should visit her parents in Utah, East Idaho News.com reports.
According to the news outlet, family members said that Chad Daybell came into his home after working in the yard on October 4, claiming to have been “visited” by Tammy’s deceased “Grandma Cooper.” He reportedly told his wife that her dead grandmother said Tammy needed to visit her parents in Springville, Utah, where Tammy and Daybell had lived with their family until a few years prior, when they moved to Idaho.
The sources told EastIdahoNews.com that Tammy had previously mentioned to Chad that she wanted to visit her parents, but had been hesitant, apparently because she normally liked to travel with Chad and their children. But after Chad’s purported visitation from her dead grandmother, Tammy decided to drive to Utah the very next day. She reportedly drove alone and spent one night in Springville, where she visited her parents for dinner and spent the night at her sister’s home.
Just a few days after her return, on October 9, Tammy said in a Facebook post obtained by EastIdahoNews.com that when she pulled into her driveway that day, a masked man appeared seemingly out of nowhere and shot at her with a paintball gun, which she said in the post that she did not believe was loaded. She also said that even though she asked the man what he was doing, he never spoke. She reported the incident to police, but responding officers were never able to locate the man and determined that the apparent paintball shooting was a prank.
Ten days later, on October 19, Tammy Daybell woke up dead in her bed. As the report noted, authorities initially declared that Tammy had died of natural causes, and Chad Daybell had refused an autopsy. By December, investigators became suspicious about Tammy’s death, perhaps because of the additional deaths and disappearances connected to Chad and Lori Vallow, who he married in Hawaii just weeks after his wife died. Authorities exhumed Tammy’s body for an autopsy and re-opened the death investigation. They have yet released the results of the autopsy.
Earlier this month, investigators discovered the remains of Vallow’s two missing children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, in Daybell’s backyard. He was arrested and is facing charges of felony obstruction or concealment. Vallow has been in jail in Madison County, Idaho, since February awaiting trial on felony desertion charges. Neither Vallow or Daybell have been charged with murder in the deaths of the two children, and neither have been charged in Tammy Daybell’s death.
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