An abandoned storage unit once rented by the mother of two missing Idaho children was found to contain several items that could belong to the missing children, the East Idaho News reported.
Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17 were last seen in September 2019, relatives tell police, who are asking for their safe return. Their mother, Lori Vallow, 46, of Rexburg, Idaho, and her new husband Chad Daybell, were discovered living in Hawaii last month after the pair fled their home in Idaho when authorities began asking about the children. Both Vallow and Daybell, have been named persons of interest in the children’s disappearance but no charges have been filed against them.
According to the report, a search of the storage unit revealed several items that could have belonged to the two missing children. Bikes, a scooter, winter clothing, a photo album with photos of the children, as well as sports equipment, a backpack with JJ’s initials as well as a jersey with one of the children’s names on it, were all discovered inside.
A contract shows Vallow rented the storage unit on Oct. 1 for $53-per-month for a 10×10 unit. The credit card on file was declined in January, which prompted the storage company to contact police, the outlet reported.
Security footage showed Vallow and a man who appeared to be Alex Cox, Daybell’s brother, visit the storage unit several times over the month of October with the last visit occurring on the 28th.
“Self Storage Plus is a local Rexburg business that rented a storage unit to Lori Vallow Daybell,” a statement on the Self Storage Plus Facebook’s page said. “Self Storage Plus is working with local authorities who are investigating this matter and, so as not to jeopardize their investigation, will not be providing any further information at this time.”
The mysterious saga of the Vallow case began last year after Lori Vallow’s former husband, Charles Vallow, 62, filed for divorce from her after becoming concerned for his safety, expressing a “genuine fear for his life” according to a statement from Vallow’s divorce attorney to ABC News. According to Charles’ attorney, his client’s chief concern during the divorce proceedings was that his son JJ was safe, cared for, and that his routine remained consistent due to his son’s special needs.
Charles began to fear for his life after Lori met Chad Daybell, the author of several religious-themed self-published fiction books, some of which focus on near-death experiences. Court documents obtained by The Arizona Republic showed Lori Vallow claimed at one point that she was a “god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ’s second coming in July 2020” and didn’t want anything more to do with her family in order to better focus on her “more important mission.”
After filing for divorce in February, Charles traveled to Texas from Arizona to visit Lori and their two children in July 2019. When he arrived at his wife’s home, an argument between him and Lori ensued, prompting Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, to intervene in the fight, in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. However, Cox and Vallow began to fight, with Charles striking Cox in the head with a baseball bat. Cox then shot Charles twice in the chest in an act that police believed at the time was self-defense.
A few months later, Daybell’s last wife died under circumstances the family called “natural causes,” in October.
In November, Vallow’s family members became concerned about not hearing from JJ since September, and requested a welfare check on JJ and his sister at the home where Vallow and Daybell were living. When police arrived, Vallow told them that the children were staying with a relative in Arizona.
The next day, when police returned to the home with a search warrant, they discovered the Vallow and Daybell had “abruptly” left the city. It wasn’t until Kauai police discovered them living on the island that anyone knew where they were.
In December, Lori’s brother, Alex was discovered unresponsive at his home in Gilbert, Arizona and was later pronounced dead. Police are awaiting autopsy results to determine Cox’s cause of death, but they say it’s too early to say if foul play was involved.
Police have said Vallow has “completely refused” to assist them in their investigation to find their children.