BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Authorities said they uncovered human remains at an Idaho man’s home on Tuesday as they investigated the disappearance of his new wife’s two children – a case that’s drawn global attention for its ties to two other mysterious deaths and the couple’s doomsday beliefs.
Chad Daybell, who married the children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, was arrested on suspicion of concealing or destroying evidence after local and federal investigators searched his property, according to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.
He has not yet been formally charged, and his attorney, Mark Means, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Joshua JJ Vallow, who was seven when he vanished, and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since September, and police said Chad and Lori Daybell lied to investigators about the children’s whereabouts before quietly leaving Idaho.
They were found in Hawaii months later. Besides the missing children, the couple has been under scrutiny following the deaths of both of their former spouses.
Police from the small town of Rexburg, the FBI and sheriff’s investigators searched Chad Daybell’s home in the eastern Idaho town of Salem for the second time, bringing in backhoes and setting up tents in a nearby field.
The search warrant is sealed, and Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagan said he couldn’t reveal details other than the search is linked to the children’s disappearance.
“Throughout the investigation, detectives and investigators have recovered what’s believed to be human remains that have not been identified at this time,” Hagan said in a news conference.
Lori Daybell has been charged with child abandonment and obstructing the investigation and is in jail on USD1 million bond. She’s pleaded not guilty.
The Idaho attorney general’s office has said it was investigating Chad Daybell in the death of his first wife, Tammy Daybell.