After police arrested Chad Daybell on Tuesday when they discovered human remains on his property, the attorney for Daybell's wife Lori Vallow — whose children have been missing since September — is requesting access to all investigative documents on her behalf. Vallow is currently in custody due to her alleged ties to the disappearance of her children, 7-year-old JJ Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan. Family members have confirmed the aforementioned remains found at Daybell's Idaho home to be JJ and Tylee.
Fox 10 reporter Justin Lum reported Wednesday that attorney Mark L. Means asked for the release of "filed documents, exhibits, pleadings, warrants, applications, affidavits, corresponding orders and/or records presented" to the court. Lum did not request for the affidavit to be unsealed, but asked that the records be released to counsel "under seal or by order of the court."
Meanwhile in Madison County, Mark Means - attorney for Lori Vallow is requesting records/documents in the Chad Daybell case including the search warrant. Means is not asking for affidavit to be unsealed, but wants the records for his client. #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/YG7Vizd4MP— Justin Lum Fox 10 (@jlumfox10) June 10, 2020
On Tuesday, JJ's grandparents Kay and Larry Woodcock revealed that they'd been in contact with authorities as they searched Daybell's residence and issued a formal statement on the matter. "We were notified that law enforcement had discovered human remains on the property," their statement read. "This is obviously a very difficult time for our family, and we ask that you respect our privacy as we wait further news with heavy hearts."
The Woodcocks have since confirmed that the human remains found on Daybell's properties belong to JJ and Tylee. "The Woodcocks and the Ryans are confirming that the human remains found by law enforcement on Chad Daybell's property are indeed our beloved J.J. and Tylee. We are filled with unfathomable sadness that these two bright stars were stolen from us, and only hope that they died without pain or suffering," the families said in a statement to Fox 10 News.
"Official statements from the Rexburg police, the medical examiner and the FBI will be released soon," the statement continued. "We ask that you respect our family's privacy while we grieve — we have only just been told of the loss of our loved ones and need time to process. We are not granting interviews at this time and hope you all understand that this is the worst news we will ever get in our lives and want to be left alone for the time being. Thank you."
The two Vallow children have been missing since September, and both Vallow and Daybell have reportedly lied to authorities about there whereabouts as well as being generally uncooperative in the investigation. The doomsday prepper couple actually married in Hawaii back in November, which itself was controversial, given they exchanged vows just two weeks after Daybell's former wife, Tammy, had died under mysterious circumstances.
Vallow was handed a court order in January, ordering her to turn over her children to the authorities within five days. As that deadline came and went, authorities began questioning whether or not they were actually in Hawaii. Vallow was arrested on Feb. 20 and charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, arrests and seizures, resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, contempt of court, and willful disobedience of court process or order.