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Lori Vallow, mom of 2 missing Idaho children, arrested in Hawaii

Posted at 8:52 PM, Feb 20, 2020

The mother of two missing Idaho children has been arrested in Hawaii. Police on the island of Kauai say Lori Vallow was arrested Thursday on a warrant issued in Madison County, Idaho.

She is being held on $5 million bail.

Seven-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan haven't been seen since late September, and police in Rexburg, Idaho, have said they “strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee's lives are in danger.”

Police have said Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell have lied about the children's whereabouts. An extradition hearing date hasn't been set yet.

She has since been charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, the Kauai Police said. She was also charged with arrests and seizures – resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court – willful disobedience of court process or order, police added.

“First of all, we wish to thank the public for the massive outpouring of concern regarding this case,” said Kaua‘i Chief of Police Todd G. Raybuck. “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.”