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Chad Daybell appears in first court hearing

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Posted at 8:38 AM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 16:28:12-04

SALEM — UPDATE (2:25 p.m.): Larry and Kay Woodcock, the grandparents of JJ Vallow, provided the following statement on the remains found yesterday.

The Woodcock's and the Ryan's 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 stolen from us, and only hope that they died without pain or 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 hope you all 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

UPDATE (11:45 a.m.): The preliminary hearing for Chad Daybell is scheduled for July 1 with time reserved on July 2 if needed. The prosecutor, Rob Wood, says the remains found the Daybell property are those of Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan. In an email to Idaho News 6, Ada County Coroner Dotti Owens says her office will be doing the autopsies of the remains found this week.

Owens says the remains will not be transported to the office until Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

"The condition of remains will dictate our process, so we won’t know until we receive them," said Owens in an email.

The Coroner's Office will conduct a scientific identification, via dental if the condition of the remains allows.

Kay Woodcock, the grandmother of Joshua “JJ” Vallow, confirms to EastIdahoNews.com that one set of the remains were her grandson’s.

Bail is set for Chad Daybell at $1 million, as requested by the state. If Daybell makes bail, he will be required to reside in Bonneville, Jefferson, Freemont or Madison counties. He cannot have contact with the families of the victims and will have to wear an ankle monitor.

UPDATE (June 10, 9:50 a.m.): The Rexburg Police Department put out a press release this morning with new information from Chad Daybells property. Investigators found two sets of human remains after a search warrant was issued Tuesday morning. Autopsy results are still pending. This update comes after the family was notified.

The release did specify the update is in regards to the missing children's case of Joshua Vallow and Tylee Ryan.

Daybell has been charged with two felony counts of destruction, alterations, or concealment of evidence. The incident dates are listed as September 8 and September 22, 2019.

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UPDATE (7:10 p.m. via East Idaho News): Chad Daybell was booked into the Fremont County Jail at 5:21 p.m., according to online records. He was arrested for destruction or concealment of evidence.

Mark Means, Daybell’s attorney, declined to comment on the arrest. EastIdahoNews.com has requested Daybell’s mugshot from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

Daybell is having a closed hearing Wednesday morning. We will have a link to that when it becomes available.

UPDATE (1:50 p.m.): Human remains were discovered during the investigation at Chad Daybell's home. A search warrant was issued and police arrived at the home around 7 Tuesday morning.

In a press conference with Rexburg Police, a spokesperson with the police said the remains were not identifiable at this time. A press release is expected later.

Chad Daybell was taken into custody earlier for questioning, he has not been officially arrested or charged. According to East Idaho News, several backhoes have been seen on the property.

This article was written by Nate Eaton and Eric Grossarth with East Idaho News.

UPDATE: Chad Daybell has been taken into custody.

Multiple witnesses tell EastIdahoNews.com they saw several officers pull him over about one mile south of the Daybell home in the 4000 block of 1900 East around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray button-up shirt and blue jeans. Witnesses say he got out of his silver SUV, was placed in handcuffs and put into a police car.

Daybell’s vehicle is currently parked on the road surrounded by deputies, but he is no longer at the scene.

Police have not released any information about the apparent arrest.

EastIdahoNews.com will post updates as we learn more.

ORIGINAL STORY: Numerous police officers are serving a search warrant at Chad Daybell’s Fremont County home.

Fremont County Sheriff deputies, Rexburg Police officers and the FBI arrived at the house on the 200 block of 1900 East around 7 a.m. The warrant from the Rexburg Police Department is sealed so it is unknown what information officers are trying to obtain.

Numerous roads around the home are closed and drivers are being re-routed. The media is being asked to remain in a staging area. Nobody has been taken into custody and police tell EastIdahoNews.com they will be on the scene for hours.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Barker confirms the agency’s Evidence Response Team is assisting Madison County with the execution of a search warrant.

This is the second major search performed at the Daybell home. Law enforcement removed 43 items from the house during a multi-agency raid on Jan. 3. Officers searched a shed and used metal detectors, probes and rakes to go over several portions of the yard.

Tammy Daybell, Chad’s first wife, died suddenly at the Salem home in October. Chad and his new wife, Lori Vallow Daybell, are being investigated for conspiracy, attempted murder and murder in connection to the death. Lori Daybell’s two children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan, have been missing since September and she is in the Madison County Jail on two counts of desertion and nonsupport of a dependent child.

EastIdahoNews.com reporter Eric Grossarth is at the scene. We will post updates as we learn more.