It’s a case that has captivated and baffled the world. In September 2019, 7-year-old Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow and his stepsister, 17-year-old Tylee Ryan disappeared and their mother, Lori Vallow, refused to give a straight answer on their whereabouts before fleeing with her new husband, Chad Daybell. Investigations into the pair revealed the mysterious deaths of their former spouses and rumours of doomsday cult-like beliefs. Ten months later, in June 2020, the children’s bodies were found buried on Chad Daybell’s rural Idaho farm. For the first time ever, Investigation Discovery takes a deeper look into the events that led up to these disappearances through the eyes of the grandparents who desperately prayed for their return.
Rexburg, Idaho is a small, picturesque town which garnered global attention when the news broke about the disappearance of JJ and Tylee. Concerned that they hadn’t spoken in weeks, JJ’s grandparents, Larry and Kay Woodcock contact police in November 2019 to conduct a welfare check, and they soon discover the children haven’t been seen since September. 46-year-old Lori refuses to assist law enforcement with their investigation and when police arrive at her home with a search warrant, they find the couple has moved. It’s not until 25 January 2020 that Lori and Chad are found living in Kauai, Hawaii.
In Doomsday: The Missing Children, Investigation Discovery has exclusive access to JJ’s grandparents, Larry and Kay Woodcock on their journey to find out the truth. As they travel across America, they gather information from local law enforcement and concerned friends to create a timeline for Lori Vallow. What is uncovered during the investigation is a story too strange to be real. Viewers will join the investigation – which is still an active case – examining allegations into Lori’s religious beliefs, including allegations that she believed she was immortal and her children had been replaced by zombies. According to friends and family, she adhered to the belief that the destruction of mankind was imminent, which could potentially explain the bizarre behaviour of Lori and her husband leading up to the discovery of the children.
Making this strange case even more convoluted are the mysterious deaths of people close to Lori and Chad. In July 2019, Lori’s brother, Alex Cox, shot and killed her estranged husband, Charles Vallow, which detectives ruled as self-defense. Then on 19 October 2019, Chad’s wife, Tammy Daybell died in her sleep of natural causes, (however investigators have since called her death suspicious and her body was exhumed). Approximately two weeks after her death, Lori and Chad were married in Hawaii. And on 12 December 2019, Alex Cox is discovered unresponsive in his home in Gilbert, Arizona and was pronounced dead at hospital.
Doomsday: The Missing Children allows viewers to explore all of the evidence from the disappearance of the children to the dramatic arrest of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell for concealment of evidence. It also features interviews with Lori’s brother Adam Cox, her sister-in-law and nephew, and more. With the trial of Vallow and Daybell on the horizon for July 2021, perhaps the Woodcocks, will finally get the answers they so desperately need.
Doomsday: The Missing Children airs Saturday 13 February at 8:30pm on Investigation Discovery.