Footage of missing Idaho boy JJ Vallow playing joyfully just days before his disappearance has been released.
A neighbor’s Ring doorbell system captured the 7-year-old and a friend on September 17. The two children were playing in the courtyard of their apartment complex. The footage is from days before JJ’s last known sighting on September 23. It’s also days after his 17-year-old sister, Tylee Ryan, was last seen with family at Yellowstone National Park on September 8.
Rexburg police have discovered that later in September, JJ’s friend visited the apartment and asked if JJ could come out to play.
JJ’s mother, Lori Vallow-Daybell, told the neighbor that JJ had gone to see his grandmother in Louisiana. This is one of several explanations that Lori has provided to law enforcement and neighbors as to the children’s whereabouts. All provided locations have been ruled out by police.
Additional footage from that Ring doorbell shows that Lori continued to live at the Rexburg complex until at least October 29. This is believed to be around the time Lori married her alleged cult affiliate Chad Daybell. It’s also a month before the welfare check that kicked off the search for JJ and Tylee.
Lori was arrested last week in Kauai, Hawaii, where she has been living with Chad. She’s charged with two counts of felony desertion of a child, misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt. She’s being held on $5 million bail.
Authorities have recently begun to look at Lori’s niece, Melani Boudreaux Pawlowski, as another person of interest. According to court paperwork filed by Melani’s ex-husband, Brandon Boudreaux, Melani may have information about the children’s whereabouts. Brandon alleges that Melani is also part of the cult. He believes she’s responsible for an attempt to kill him in early October. The information is part of a custody battle regarding the estranged couple’s children, who Brandon believes will be put in danger related to the cult if exposed to Melani or Lori.
The Rexburg Police Department asks anyone with information regarding the children’s whereabouts or welfare to contact the department at 1-208-359-3000 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST.
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