FAMILY & PARENTING

Mom Of Missing Idaho Siblings Returned The Family’s Service Dog Days Before The Kids Vanished

by Angela Andaloro

Five months after the last time JJ Vallow and Tylee Ryan were seen, the search for the missing Idaho siblings continues.

A man has come forward and revealed he may have been one of the last people to see 7-year-old JJ and 17-year-old Tylee before their disappearance.

Neal Mestas is a dog trainer who trained a service dog for JJ, who has autism. He helped them with the goldendoodle puppy named Bailey prior to the family’s abrupt move to Idaho. He was shocked that the dog was returned to him before they moved there from Arizona.

“Bailey just helped him stay calm,” Neal told Inside Edition of JJ and Bailey’s relationship.

“Was a comfort to him as well. One of the things that JJ really struggled with and the family struggled with was him sleeping through the night. He would get up and oftentimes even try and sneak or wander out of the house. And so, when we first introduced Bailey to the home, that was one of the first nights that JJ stayed in his bed and slept through the night.”

Lori Vallow, the children’s mother, returned Bailey to Neal just days before the last time JJ and Tylee were last seen. When Neal asked why she was returning the dog, Lori said it was too difficult to talk about.

Lori and husband Chad Daybell were found in Hawaii in January. They were ordered by Idaho authorities to produce the children by January 30 but did not comply. On February 10, authorities found Tylee’s cellphone in Lori’s possession. They are considered people of interest in the disappearance.

The Rexburg Police Department asks that anyone with information regarding the children’s whereabouts or welfare contact the department at 1-208-359-3000. You can also contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST.

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