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Lori Vallow’s brother called ‘cult leader’ Chad Daybell for blessing before he died

Lori Vallow’s brother called her new husband, alleged doomsday cult leader Chad Daybell, for a ‘blessing’ on the day he died, a police report has revealed. 

The brother, Alex Cox, died aged 51 on December 12, 2019, in Gilbert, Arizona. An autopsy determined he died of natural causes with blood clots in his lungs and the overdose drug Narcan in his system. 

Earlier this month authorities released a 59-page report with new details about Cox’s death. The report, which was heavily redacted, said that Cox had been feeling short of breath for days, and that he got a ‘blessing over the phone’ from a ‘friend’ just hours before he died. 

The East Idaho News identified that friend as Chad – who had married Cox’s sister Lori a few weeks earlier. 

The report also revealed that Cox was under investigation for two deaths at the time of his own – Chad’s wife Tammy Daybell and Lori’s previous husband Charles Vallow. 

Months after he died, Cox was implicated in two more deaths as the bodies of his niece and nephew, Lori’s children Tylee Ryan and Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, were found buried on Chad’s property in Salem, Idaho, last June. 

Tylee, 16, and JJ, seven, disappeared in September 2019 but were never reported missing by their mother, their uncle or Chad. Investigators believe Cox helped bury the bodies hours after the children vanished, according to affidavits for Lori and Chad’s arrests. The couple are currently behind bars awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy to hide the kids’ remains. 

Alex Cox, died aged 51 on December 12, 2019, in Gilbert, Arizona. An autopsy determined he died of natural causes with blood clots in his lungs and the overdose drug Narcan in his system. A new report claims he called his sister Lori Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell, for a ‘blessing’ hours before he died  

Investigators believe Cox was involved in the murders of his sister Lori's children, Joshua 'JJ' Vallow and Tylee Ryan (pictured with him before they vanished in September 2019)

Investigators believe Cox was involved in the murders of his sister Lori’s children, Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow and Tylee Ryan (pictured with him before they vanished in September 2019)

Chad Daybell (pictured) and Lori Vallow are currently behind bars awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy to hide the remains of her children, who were found buried on Chad's property in June 2020

Lori (pictured) married Chad weeks after her children vanished

Chad Daybell (left) and Lori Vallow (right) are currently behind bars awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy to hide the remains of her children, who were found buried on Chad’s property in June 2020

The report on Cox’s death was released as a new video of him performing a stand-up comedy in 2010 resurfaced online. 

In the skit, Cox talks about how he found religion while serving jail time the year before.  

‘Okay, I was fortunate enough to do a little jail time last year,’ he said. 

‘I’ll confess to you guys — you ever had something that you knew was the right thing to do, but later on, it turns out it’s a felony? 

‘I’m not that mean, I’m a felon. While I was in jail, I also had a religious experience. I found Jesus.’    

It’s believed the felony Cox was referring to was his conviction for aggravated assault in Travis County, Texas, in 2007. 

Court documents from the incident alleged that Cox tasered and threatened to kill Lori’s third husband, Joseph Ryan, amid a custody dispute over their daughter Tylee. He ended up pleading guilty and served three months in prison.  

The report on Cox's death was released as a new video of him performing a stand-up comedy in 2010 resurfaced online. In the skit, Cox talks about how he found religion while serving jail time the year before. 'While I was in jail, I also had a religious experience. I found Jesus,' he said

The report on Cox’s death was released as a new video of him performing a stand-up comedy in 2010 resurfaced online. In the skit, Cox talks about how he found religion while serving jail time the year before. ‘While I was in jail, I also had a religious experience. I found Jesus,’ he said

Twelve years later Cox became embroiled in another custody dispute between Lori and her fourth husband, Charles, in July 2019. 

Charles had gone to Lori’s home in Chandler, Arizona, to pick up there adoptive son JJ – who has autism – when the couple got in an argument. 

Alex intervened and ultimately shot Charles in the chest. Police initially determined that he acted in self defense – but the case was later reopened amid a multi-state search for JJ and Tylee. 

After Charles’ death, Lori moved her children to Idaho, and Cox went with them, renting an apartment in the same complex. The kids disappeared a few weeks later.

Family members have speculated that Lori and her brother moved to Idaho to be close to Chad, who allegedly led a ‘doomsday cult’ called Preparing a People. Members of the group have said both Lori and Cox were involved.  

Cox left Idaho for Arizona weeks before his death and married a woman named Zulema Pastenes on November 29, 2019. 

The report on Cox’s death indicated that Pastenes, too, was a member of Preparing a People, according to an interview her daughter gave police.  

The daughter said that Pastenes originally planned to move to Idaho, but Cox ended up moving in with her in Arizona instead. 

It was at that same home that Cox was found collapsed on the bathroom floor by Pastenes’ 25-year-old son on December 12, according to the report.

In a recording of a 911 call, the son was heard telling dispatchers that he found his mother’s husband gasping for air with vomit coming out of his mouth. 

Cox was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead soon after. 

Investigators tried to speak with Pastenes at the hospital, she refused, after a family member apparently told her not to talk without an attorney present. 

Police later obtained a search warrant for Pastenes’ home and seized several undisclosed items.  

It wasn’t until last spring that authorities finally released the autopsy report for Cox, revealing that he died of natural causes. 

However, the latest report indicates that the investigation into his death remains ongoing. 

Police are also continuing investigations into the deaths of Lori’s fourth husband Charles and Chad’s first wife Tammy. 

Tammy passed away in her sleep on October 19, 2019, according to an obituary. Chad reportedly declined an autopsy and her death was ruled to be from natural causes. 

Investigators reopened the case after learning that JJ and Tylee were missing, as their mother had married Chad just two weeks after Tammy died. They believe the two cases could be linked.

Tammy’s body was exhumed on December 11, 2019 – one day before Cox died. The results of her autopsy have not yet been released. 

Meanwhile Lori and Chad are preparing to face a joint trial in June 2021.   

Lori is facing two felony counts of conspiracy to destroy or conceal evidence, as well as three misdemeanor counts of resisting or obstructing officers, solicitation to commit a crime and contempt of court. 

Chad is also charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to destroy or conceal evidence, along with two other felony counts for destruction or concealment of evidence. 

Both defendants pleaded not guilty and have maintained their innocence.  

Neither Chad nor Lori have been accused of harming Tylee or JJ. Authorities have yet to say how the children died, or whether homicide charges will be filed in the future. 

Tylee Ryan, 16, and Joshua 'JJ' Vallow (pictured) were found buried on the property of Lori's husband Chad in June, nine months after they disappeared. An investigation into the children's deaths remains ongoing as Lori and Chad face charges for conspiring to hide their bodies

Tylee Ryan, 16, and Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow (pictured) were found buried on the property of Lori’s husband Chad in June, nine months after they disappeared. An investigation into the children’s deaths remains ongoing as Lori and Chad face charges for conspiring to hide their bodies

In this aerial photo, investigators search for human remains at Chad Daybell's residence in the 200 block of 1900 East in Salem, Idaho on June 9

In this aerial photo, investigators search for human remains at Chad Daybell’s residence in the 200 block of 1900 East in Salem, Idaho on June 9 

Timeline of JJ and Tylee’s disappearance

July 11, 2019: Lori Vallow’s husband, Charles Vallow, is killed by her brother, Alex Cox, in Arizona. Police initially rule that Alex acted in self defense but reopen the case months later after the children are reported missing. 

August: Lori moves children JJ and Tylee to Rexburg, Idaho, where her future husband Chad Daybell lives with his wife Tammy.

September 8: The last time Tylee is seen during a trip to Yellowstone National Park with Lori, JJ and Alex. In the following weeks she tells people who ask where Tylee is that she’s studying at Brigham Young University’s Idaho campus.

September 23: The last time JJ is seen at his school in Rexburg. Lori emailed the school the following day and claims she is moving the family to California for a new job. 

October 2: Brandon Boudreaux, the ex-husband of Lori’s niece Melanie Pawlowski, is targeted in a drive-by shooting in Arizona. Police identify the vehicle carrying the shooter as a Jeep registered to Charles Vallow, Lori’s late husband. 

October 19: Chad’s wife Tammy, 49, dies at their Idaho home. An obituary states that she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Chad declines an autopsy and her death is listed as natural causes.

October 25: A friend of Tylee receives a vague ‘miss you’ text from her phone but says that it didn’t sound like the teen.   

November 5: Lori and Chad tie the knot on a beach in Kauai. Receipts indicate that Lori purchased her own wedding ring from Amazon nearly three weeks prior to Tammy’s death. 

November 26: Out-of-state relatives ask Idaho police to perform a welfare check on JJ. Lori and Chad claim he is in Arizona with relatives and ask their friend, Melanie Gibb, to lie and say she took the boy there for Thanksgiving. Police soon learn that no one has seen JJ, or his older sister Tylee, since September. 

November 27: Police execute a search warrant related to the children at Lori’s home and discover that she and Chad have fled Idaho.

December 11: Tammy’s body is exhumed from a Utah cemetery and her death is reclassified as suspicious.

December 12: Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, is found unresponsive in a bathroom in Arizona and dies. Months later an autopsy determines that he died of natural causes while he had the overdose drug Narcan in his system. 

December 21: Rexburg police issue the first press release about JJ and Tylee, revealing they believe their disappearance could be linked to Tammy’s death and asking the public for information.

December 24: Lori and Chad issue a statement through an attorney saying they love their son and daughter and look forward to addressing ‘allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor’.

December 30: Police accuse Lori and Chad of lying to investigators and say they believe the couple know where the kids are or what happened to them.

January 3, 2020: Police search Chad’s home in Salem and remove 43 items, including tech devices and journals. They also comb over sections of the snow-covered yard with rakes and metal detectors.

January 26: Lori and Chad are seen for the first time in months as police serve them with two search warrants in Kauai. Lori is also served with a court order to produce the children to authorities in Idaho in five days. The couple are approached by the media while officers serve the documents and refuse to say anything about the children.

January 30: Lori misses the court deadline to produce the children to Idaho authorities.

February 20: Lori is arrested in Kauai and charged with two felony counts for desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, and one misdemeanor count each for resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt of court. 

March 5: Lori is extradited to Idaho, where she is held on $1million bond at Madison County Jail.

March 17: Lori professes her innocence in a statement through her attorney as two other members of her defense team quit and the judge removes himself from the case. 

March 24: Court documents filed in the divorce of Lori’s niece Melani and her husband Brandon Boudreaux allege that Lori told people she believed her children were zombies before they disappeared. 

April 9: Authorities reveal they are investigating Lori and Chad for murder, attempted murder and conspiracy in connection with Tammy’s death.

May 25: Idaho police issue a statement expressing hope that the kids will be found safe on what would have been JJ’s eighth birthday. 

June 9: Police search Chad’s home in Salem for the second time and discover human remains in the backyard. Chad is taken into police custody and charged with destruction or concealment of evidence.


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