Lori Vallow arrested

  • Stephanie Shinno / The Garden Island

    Signs like the one on Kaumuali‘i Highway in Lihu‘e are showing up around Kaua‘i in relation to two children missing from Idaho.

  • Courtesy Rexburg Police Department

    Lori Vallow, right, has been arrested for failure to produce her children to Idaho authorities. Vallow and new husband Chad Daybell, right, have been on Kaua‘i for a few months.

  • Associated Press photo

    Tylee Ryan, 17, and 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow have been missing since September, and police say their mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, and her new husband, Chad Daybell, lied to investigators about where the children are.

PRINCEVILLE — Lori Vallow, mother of two children missing from Idaho, has been arrested and is now awaiting an on-island hearing in the Kaua‘i Police Department cellblock on a $5 million bail.

The 46-year-old Idaho resident was arrested Thursday on a warrant issued by Madison County, Idaho. Her two children, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow, have been missing since September.

Vallow has been staying on Kaua‘i with her new husband Chad Daybell, dodging a court order from Madison County, Idaho to produce her children before authorities. Vallow missed the deadline for that court order on Jan. 30. KPD has been helping the Rexburg Police Department in locating Vallow and Daybell since December 2019, about the time when the couple landed on Kaua‘i.

Daybell was not arrested Thursday.

Vallow has been charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children. She was also charged with resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court for willful disobedience of court process or order.

Vallow is being held pending an extradition hearing that has not yet been scheduled. Kaua‘i Police Department Chief Todd Raybuck and Prosecuting Attorney Justin Kollar have a press conference scheduled for 2 p.m. today where more details are expected to be revealed.

If Vallow is extradited to Idaho, she will face criminal charges there.

The children were last seen in Idaho and there is no indication that they are on Kaua‘i, KPD officials said. There are currently no criminal charges against Vallow on Kaua‘i.

Thursday, Wainiha resident and TGI contributor Monique Rowan was in the Princeville neighborhood where Vallow was arrested, at the time of Vallow’s arrest.

“I received a news tip that the couple were seen walking outside their townhouse at Villas on the Prince, which is located near the entrance to Princeville,” Rowan said. “Lori and Chad Daybell had been seen speaking with detectives from Kaua‘i Police Department,” Rowan said.

Rowan said she knocked on the door of the unit where the couple was rumored to be staying, but there was no answer.

But a woman working on the property who declined to give her name said she witnessed Vallow being placed in a police vehicle and driven away by KPD officers.

She said she asked the couple about the children when they first arrived at the Villas, saying she was not only curious but concerned about the impact their stay would have on the complex.

A repairman, who also declined to give his name, was working a block or two away from where Vallow was arrested.

“It’s disgusting,” he said Thursday just after the arrest. “And it makes me nervous knowing they’re right there next door to my godparents in unit two.”

A nearby local business owner, Mallory Frey from Anahola, said she doesn’t know how Vallow has made it so long staying on Kaua‘i without being arrested.

“Everybody is wondering, where are the children? I was surprised that nobody on island didn’t take matters into their own hands,” Frey said, pointing out a long list of people she has talked to who want the couple brought to justice, especially Vallow.

Frey isn’t the only one who has been asking the question: “where are the children?” Poster board signs have been appearing all over the island asking that question.

Raybuck thanked the community on Thursday for their support and concern regarding the case.

“We also want to thank everyone for their patience while investigators worked diligently to comprehensively gather everything they needed in order to obtain this arrest warrant,” Raybuck said.

4 Comments
  1. Kauaiisfun February 20, 2020 4:44 pm Reply

    Thank goodness finally.


  2. Debra kekaualua February 21, 2020 6:50 am Reply

    “Off a cliff” is what one video interviewee made mention, this mom expressed to the interviewer!


  3. Debra Kekaualua February 21, 2020 8:13 am Reply

    Daybell missing children

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    “Off a cliff” is what one video interviewee made mention, this DAYBELL mom was said to express b4 children went missing! How about video unknown man at storage unit BARELY able to hoist a bag so cumbersome that man had to use his leg to push the load forward to the vehicle they drove AND looked like two encased legs on the right side of carrier man!


  4. kauaiisfun February 21, 2020 5:17 pm Reply

    If you get a chance, read the Court Affidavit on the Honolulu Adviser. It explains just how this Vallow and Daybell have made a mockery of our judicial system. Sending police officers on wild goose chases, stringing and involving others in their lies. Truly an evil couple. Daybell remarried weeks after his wife dies from “natural causes” (No medical history) and low and behold, she had a life insurance policy for over $400,000. No wonder these two have been living large in Princeville. And here you go, she did not waive extradition. Sticking it to the Kauai taxpayers for additional hearings.


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