Lori Vallow’s husband Chad Daybell has been arrested and charged with a felony count of destruction or concealment of evidence after human remains were recovered from his property on Tuesday.
Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Gary Hagen announced the discovery of the currently unidentified remains at a brief press conference near the property in Salem, Idaho.
This is the second time law enforcement have searched Daybell’s home during their seven-month hunt for the ‘cult mom’s missing kids.
Hagen said it was too soon to say whether the remains belonged to Lori’s children, Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow and Tylee Ryan, who were last seen in September.
During a second press briefing Tuesday, Hagen said officers were continuing to search the home for any further evidence related to the case. An autopsy will also be carried out on the remains in the coming days, Hagen said.
Daybell, meanwhile, has been booked into the Fremont County Jail with no bond set at this time. The 51-year-old is due to appear before a judge to be arraigned at 11am tomorrow morning.
His attorney, Mark Means, has not yet responded to a DailyMail.com request for comment.
Authorities had arrived at the home hours earlier to execute a search warrant. Aerial footage from the East Idaho News showed investigators digging up soil around what appeared to be a well in the back yard.
At about 11.30am Rexburg officers were seen handcuffing Chad and placing him in a police vehicle after stopping him on the road near his home.
Hagen said Chad had been taken in for questioning but was not officially arrested or facing charges.
Lori has spent the past four months behind bars on charges of abandonment and desertion in connection with the children’s disappearance.
She and Chad – the prolific Doomsday author, alleged cut leader and former grave digger whom she married less than two months after her kids vanished – have repeatedly refused to say where the children are but insisted that they were safe.
The last known sighting of 17-year-old Tylee was on September 8, when she visited Yellowstone National Park with her family. JJ, who would have turned eight last month, was last seen two weeks later on September 23.
While some relatives believed that Lori would never hurt her kids, others feared that they could be dead.
Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies, Rexburg Police officers and FBI agents arrived at Chad’s home on 200 block of 1900 East at about 7am Tuesday with a search warrant.
Video showed them using a backhoe to dig up dirt near a barn in the yard.
FBI spokeswoman Sandra Barker confirmed that the agency’s Evidence Response Team is assisting local authorities with the execution of the warrant.
Police told media outlets on the scene that they planned to be there for several hours or days.
Chief Hagan said an autopsy will be carried out on the remains found at the property in the coming days.
Footage capture by a bystander also showed police towing one of Daybell’s cars away from the property.
This is the second major raid performed at the Daybell home since police began searching for the children in late November.
During the previous raid on January 3, authorities removed 43 items from the home and combed over several sections of the yard with metal detectors and rakes.
Lori and Chad are also being investigated for conspiracy, attempted murder and murder in the death of Chad’s first wife Tammy Daybell, who mysteriously died at the Salem home in October.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Megan Sheets and Luke Kenton