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FBI: Nationwide search underway for two children believed to be in extreme danger

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Posted at 4:01 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 16:01:26-05

REXBURG, IDAHO (WTXL) — The FBI has issued a nationwide search alert for two missing children from Idaho who might be in extreme danger.

The Rexburg Police Department says the mother and stepfather of Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, are wanted for questioning in connection with their disappearance. Police say the children have not been seen since September 2019.

The children’s mother, Lori Vallow, and their stepfather, Chad Daybell, both went missing during a police investigation in November. At the time, the couple had told police that Joshua Vallow was staying with a family friend in Arizona.

Authorities later learned that information was not true.

The search for the children began in November when police tried to do a welfare check on Vallow. Officials say the boy is adopted and has special needs. Extended family reported to the police that they hadn’t seen or spoken with him since September.

Chad Daybell is under investigation after his former wife, Tammy Daybell, was found dead in their home in October. Initially thought to be a natural death, Tammy Daybell's remains have since been exhumed in Utah where she was buried.

An autopsy is being conducted in December as authorities now investigate what may be suspicious circumstances surrounding the woman's death.

During the course of the death investigation, authorities learned the two Rexburg children were missing.

Joshua and Tylee have not been seen since September. Joshua has brown hair and brown eyes and is 4 feet tall. He sometimes goes by the nickname JJ.

Tylee has blond hair and blue eyes and is 5 feet tall.

Police are asking anyone with information about the children to call Rexburg police at 208-359-3000 or report it to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.