Lori Vallow is currently under a person of interest in the 2018 death of her third husband, Joseph Ryan.
Arizona police began reviewing the previously closed death investigation of Ryan after receiving a recording in which Vallow reportedly discussed wanting to kill him. Ryan was found dead in his apartment 14 years after he and Vallow divorced, but Vallow was still listed as his next of kin.
Ryan’s death was originally classified as a heart attack, but the recording has shed new light into the circumstances of his death. In the recording, which was originally published by the East Idaho News, Vallow can be heard telling an October 2018 gathering of people for the Second Coming of Christ that, “I was going to kill him, like the scripture says. Like Nephi killed — just to stop the pain and to stop him coming after me and to stop him coming after my children.”
In the 40 minute recording, Vallow utilized the bible to justify her proposed actions and stated, “if he comes against you once, if he comes against you twice, three times then you can kill him. It says it in the scriptures! I was like, there it is, there’s my answer. I just want it to stop the bleeding and stop the pain.”
Vallow married her current husband, Chad Daybell, in November 2019. The couple wed just two weeks after Daybell’s previous wife, Tammy, suspiciously died. In September 2019, Vallow’s children, seven-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan, disappeared. At present, Vallow and Daybell are in jail after the remains of Vallow’s children were found buried on Daybell’s rural property on June 9.
In February 2020, Vallow was arrested and charged with felony counts of nonsupport and desertion of dependent children, obstructing or resisting officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, willful disobedience of court process or order for failing to produce the children during the search for them, and contempt of court. She pleaded not guilty to all charges. After the children’s bodies were found on June 9, Daybell was arrested and charged with two counts of alteration, destruction, and concealment of evidence. He has also pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.
The couple’s trial for these felony charges is scheduled to begin on July 12, 2021 and is expected to last several weeks.