Documents: Mobile pinging helped find children’s bodies

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) – According to court documents, authorities used cell phone information from the now deceased uncle of two missing Idaho children to locate the bodies of the youth in the countryside earlier this month.

Police found the remains of 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and her brother, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow, on 9 June after months of searching. They had not been seen since September, and investigators said the children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell and her husband Chad Daybell, lied to the police about the children’s whereabouts.

KBOI reported that court documents released Friday evening revealed that the FBI had been tracking the cell phone of Alex Cox, Vallow’s brother and JJ and Tylee’s uncle.

The FBI followed Cox’s cell phone on Daybell’s premises four times in September. According to court documents, Cox’s phone rang on September 6, 9, 23, and 25 at the location where the remains were found.

Neighbors also confirmed that they saw fire on the site around September 6-9, which they said was unusual because a fire pit on the site was hardly used, according to court documents.

Chad Daybell has pleaded not guilty of destroying evidence. Lori Daybell has been in prison since February, accused of leaving children and hindering the investigation. Both Daybells are being held on a $ 1 million bond and both are scheduled for subsequent hearings next month.

The complex case spans several states and began when Lori Daybell’s brother shot and killed her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, in a Phoenix suburb last summer in what he claimed was self-defense. Seeking divorce, Vallow said that Lori believed she had become a god-like figure responsible for initiating the Biblical end times.

Her brother, Alex Cox, then died in December of an apparent blood clot in his lung.

Shortly after Vallow’s death, Lori and the children moved to Idaho, where Chad Daybell lived. He ran a small publishing house and published fiction books he wrote about apocalyptic scenarios loosely based on the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He also recorded podcasts about preparing for Biblical end times, and friends said he claimed to be able to receive visions from “outside the veil.”

He was married to Tammy Daybell, who died in her sleep last October from what she believed to be natural causes. Authorities became suspicious when Chad Daybell married Lori just two weeks later.

Tammy Daybell’s body was unearthed in December. The results of that autopsy have not been released.

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