Prosecutors in the case against Lori Vallow and her husband Chad Daybell revealed this week that investigators are examining blood found in an apartment that may be connected to the disappearance and death of 16-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old JJ Vallow.
EastIdahoNews.com viewed court documents filed by Special Prosecutor Rob Wood this week, detailing possible DNA evidence gathered in the case against Vallow and Daybell, who are facing conspiracy and destruction of evidence charges. Neither the children’s mother or her husband have been charged with murder.
The disclosures were made in connection to a hearing this week regarding the testing of evidence. In the filing, Wood says that a state lab is analyzing tools taken from Chad Daybell’s property in Rexburg, Idaho–where the children were found buried in June 2020–as well as a blood sample collected from an apartment.
“On April 12, 2021, the State received the results of DNA analysis of debris found on tools that were seized from Chad Daybell’s property,” Wood wrote in the filing, according to EastIdahoNews.com. Wood said that he has also received report “regarding a possible blood sample from an apartment that would require consumptive testing to test the DNA.”
Consumptive testing means that the entirety of the sample must be used in the testing, typically due to the size of a sample. Lawyers defending Vallow and Daybell have asked to halt any further DNA testing until the defense is given half of the sample to be tested, which would not be possible for samples subject to consumptive testing.
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As the EastIdahoNews.com report notes, Wood did not say from exactly where the blood sample was taken. Both Vallow and her since-deceased brother Alex Cox were living in apartments in the same complex in Rexburg, which is believed to be JJ Vallow’s last known location, when the children disappeared. JJ and Tylee both went missing in September 2019, though police did not discover the children were missing until November of that year, when they went to Vallow’s home to perform a requested wellness check.
According to the report, Wood agreed that the prosecution would not have any consumptive testing performed until the state lab provides further information on how to proceed with DNA analysis.
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