REXBURG, Idaho — The families of 7-year-old Joshua "JJ" Tyler and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan have confirmed that it was indeed their remains discovered on Chad Daybell's property Tuesday.
They released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"The Woodcocks and the Ryans are confirming that the human remains found by law enforcement on Chad Daybell’s property are indeed our beloved JJ and Tylee. We are filled with unfathomable sadness that these two bright stars were taken from us, and only hope that they died without pain and suffering. Once officially confirmed, statements from the Rexburg Police, the Medical Examiner and the FBI will be released. We ask that you respect our family’s privacy while we grieve – we have only just been told of the loss of our loved ones and need time to process. We are not granting interviews at this time and we hope you understand that this is the worst news we will ever get in our lives and want to be left alone for the time being. Thank you.
- Larry and Kay Woodcock
- Colby and Kelsee Ryan
Chad Daybell makes his first court appearance
Chad Daybell made his first court appearance Wednesday morning after investigators uncovered two sets of human remains on his Salem, Idaho property.
During Daybell's court appearance, Judge Faren Eddins set Daybell's bail amount at $1 million. Should Daybell post bail, there are a number of conditions, including his 24/7 use of an ankle monitor, no contact with the victims' families and obeying all local and federal laws.
Prosecutor Rob Wood said his office is aware the two sets of remains found on Daybell's property are those of children, but they are unidentified as of Wednesday morning.
"After proper family notification, we would like to confirm at this time that investigators have discovered two sets of unidentified human remains. Autopsy results are pending," Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Hagen wrote.
Court documents show a pair of felony charges for Daybell, who was booked into jail Tuesday after the discovery of the remains.
Two criminal complaints filed against Daybell allege he willfully concealed or aided and abetted in the willful concealment of human remains, "knowing that said human remains were about to be produced, used and/or discovered as evidence in a felony proceeding, inquiry and/or investigation authorized by law, with the intent to prevent it from being so produced, used and/or discovered."
JJ and Tylee's Mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, has been jailed since March after failed attempts to get bail lowered
Lori's defense team asked for a reduction in her bail amount from $5 million to $10,000. The judge reduced Vallow-Daybell's bail to $1 million, with the conditions that she must wear an ankle monitor and may not travel outside the counties of Bonneville County, Jefferson County, Madison County, or Fremont County.
Vallow-Daybell is facing two felony counts of desertion, and three misdemeanor charges in connection with the disappearances of her two children, 7-year-old J.J. Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan.
She was arrested on the Hawaiian island of Kauai last month after failing to meet a deadline in which she was required to bring the two children before Idaho officials.
Chad Daybell's writings could provide insight into the JJ and Tylee's disappearance
Chad Daybell’s autobiography was published in 2017.
According to the autobiography, Chad Daybell claims two near-death experiences earlier in his life have allowed him to receive direct messages, visions, revelations, and prophesies from God.
The visions have prompted Chad Daybell to publish many novels about the end of the world and second-coming of Jesus Christ.
Chad Daybell brands the novels as “fiction,” but he believes his stories are true.
“The most common question I receive is, ‘What parts of your books are based on what you’ve seen in vision, and what part did you make up?’” Chad Daybell wrote in his autobiography. “The short answer is that I don’t fictionalize any of the events portrayed. I’m really not that creative… My torn veil allows information to be downloaded into my brain from the other side. The scenes I am shown are real events that will happen.”