The mother of two missing Idaho siblings who haven’t been seen since September is not cooperating with investigators, police say.
Investigators believe that Lori Vallow, mother of missing siblings Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, knows either the location of the children or what happened to them, according to a press release issued Monday by Rexburg Police. The release said police know the children are not with their mother and her husband.
Vallow has refused to work with law enforcement to help find the children and has left the state, the release said.
“It is astonishing that rather than work with law enforcement to help us locate her own children, Lori Vallow has chosen instead to leave the state with her new husband,” the release said.
An attorney for the family released a statement to East Idaho News on December 23 saying that while he is in contact with Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, he does not have information about the children.
“Chad Daybell was a loving husband and has the support of his children in this matter. Lori Daybell is a devoted mother and resents assertions to the contrary,” Attorney Sean Bartholick told the outlet. “We look forward to addressing the allegations once they have moved beyond speculation and rumor.”
CNN has reached out to Bartholick but has not received a response. No charges have been filed.
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SOURCE: CNN, Jamiel Lynch and Hollie Silverman