A memorial for Lori Vallow’s children has been removed two months after Tylee Ryan and JJ Vallow were found dead in Chad Daybell’s backyard in Salem, Idaho.
Community members had contributed to a memorial for 16-year-old Tylee and 7-year-old JJ, who had not been seen alive since September 2019. Investigators executed a search warrant at the residence of Vallow’s husband Chad Daybell on June 9, and found the children’s remains the same day.
Shortly after the bodies were discovered, Daybell was taken into custody and remains in jail in Fremont County on felony charges of concealment of evidence and conspiracy to conceal evidence. Lori Vallow is in custody in Madison County facing the same conspiracy charges as her husband. Neither have been charged with murder.
According to the Idaho State Journal, a makeshift memorial that had been erected on a fence at the Daybell property was abruptly removed last week. Mourners had left photos, stuffed animals, flowers, and messages to the children along the fence in the weeks following the discovery of the bodies. But on Friday morning, neighbors saw that the memorial had been taken down, though it had been there the night before.
Colby Ryan, the older brother of the children, reportedly said in an Instagram post that he was shocked to find the memorial gone when he visited the property last weekend.
“We came here to add more, and spend time remembering these two angels. And we were shocked that it was all gone,” he wrote.
“But no matter what. I want everyone to know how much we appreciate your love and grace to show honor (to) my siblings. It was a shot to my heart to see it gone. But we remember you both everyday. I love you Tylee and J.J. you’ll never leave my heart.”
It is unclear who removed the memorial. As the report notes, Daybell’s daughter and her husband, who had been living across the street, moved into the home shortly after Daybell’s arrest.
Multiple area residents told the Idaho State Journal that Emma’s husband James Murray had previously told mourners to leave.
As CrimeOnline reported, Lori Vallow waived her preliminary hearing that had been originally scheduled for Monday. Both she and Daybell will appear in court on separate dates later this month for their arraignments, when they are expected to enter a plea.
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