Startling discovery first revealed in Lori Vallow’s garage as the ‘cult mother’ murder trial begins
POLICE have made a startling discovery in the garage of a ‘cult mother’ accused of murdering her two children in Idaho.
Lori Vallow is accused of killing her daughter Tylee, 16, and son JJ, 7, with the help of her husband, Chad Daybell, in 2019.
The trial began this week, in which jurors were shown chilling photos of the children’s remains.
On Tuesday, Detective Ray Hermosillo told the jury in court about the discovery made by police searching Vallow’s home and garage.
The Rexburg Police Department detective stated that toys and other items belonging to JJ were found by police, including prescription drugs.
According to Hermosillo, several firearms were found in the garage, along with several army knives and empty magazines for a number of guns.
Hermosillo said in court, “There were things of that nature in the garage that stood out.”
The court was shown photos of the contents found in a tub located in the garage, including a camouflage suit, gun magazines and silencers.
Several rounds of ammunition were also discovered, as Hermosillo confirmed: “There was a lot of ammunition in that particular tub.”
Two rifles, one with a silencer, several knives, a pistol, a Halloween mask, rope, more silencers, duct tape and a cell phone were also found.
The house now had three to five ever-ready bags and emergency kits, white hazmat suits, and a storage unit contract signed by Lori.
The belongings of Alex Cox, Lori’s late brother, were also found at the property.
Cox killed Lori’s fourth husband and father of her children, Charles Vallow, in 2019.
Cox died later that year in December and a coroner ruled his death was due to natural causes.
Two years later, Charles’ death was ruled a manslaughter and his ex-wife was charged with conspiracy to murder in the state of Arizona.
Cox is named as a conspirator in committing this crime.
Lori faces the same charge in the case of Chad’s wife, Tammy Daybell, who also died in 2019.
It was initially claimed that Tammy, 49, died of natural causes in his sleep.
However, after the discovery of the suspicious deaths surrounding Chad and Lori, her body was exhumed and reexamined.
The Utah coroner concluded that Tammy “died by the hand of another and of asphyxiation” just a month after JJ and Tylee’s disappearance.
Just a few weeks after her death, Mr. Daybell and Mrs. Vallow were married in Hawaii.
Chad faces murder charges in Tammy’s death and will have a separate trial for the children’s murders.
Much of the testimony Tuesday focused on how police officers found the bodies of the children on Chad’s property.
“You will hear it described as a mass of bone and tissue,” Blake said of Tylee’s remains during the first day of hearing Monday.
“Her DNA was found on a pickaxe and shovel that were later found in a shed on Chad’s property.”
Hermosillo said in court, “We started to find burned flesh and decomposing bones. The smell was so bad that we had to take turns digging.
“Eventually we discovered what we thought was part of Tylee that had been burned. There were bits of bone, charred flesh, just lumps of flesh falling apart.”
JJ’s body was found in various states of decomposition. He was wearing pajamas and a pull-ups diaper soaked from his rotting corpse, Hermosillo said.
Outside the courtroom, more and more is coming out about Vallow when a friend claims the “cult mother” told her that JJ and Tylee were being controlled by a parasite.
Lori and Chad fled to Hawaii after their two children went missing in September 2019.
Tylee was last seen with family members in September en route to Yellowstone National Park and JJ was seen by school officials a few days later before disappearing.
A search was launched after relatives raised concerns about the children.
Vallow and her husband, the doomsday author, claimed the children were staying with friends.
The “charred remains” of Vallow’s children were eventually found wrapped in plastic bags in a pet cemetery at Chad’s Idaho home.
Investigators made the grisly discovery on June 9, 2020.
The couple have pleaded not guilty to all charges.