'Cult mom' Lori Vallow made panicked prison call to Chad Daybell minutes before cops found kids’ bodies

CHILLING audio captures "cult mom" Lori Vallow and husband Chad Daybell talking on the phone as police search Daybell's property before finding the bodies of Vallow's children.

Police launched a search of the Idaho property on June 9 as part of the hunt for 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and seven-year-old Joshua Vallow, who had not been seen since September 2019.

At the time of the call, Vallow was being held in a Madison County jail in connection with the disappearances.

The following day, police announced that two bodies – later confirmed to be those of Tylee and Joshua – had been uncovered at the property.

In audio released by authorities, Vallow is heard saying: "Hi babe."

Replying, Daybell sounds despondent, and asked if he's okay says: "No, they're searching the property.

"So [Vallow's attorney] Mark Means will be talking to you."

Vallow replies: "Okay, what are they in the house?"

"No, they're out in the property," Chad says.

"They're searching. So we'll see what transpires."

Vallow says: "Okay. What do you want me to do? Pray?"

Daybell replies: "Yeah. Right… I love you so much."

Vallow then says that she loves Daybell too and asks if she should call again later.

"I don't know. You can try, yeah. I'll answer if I can," Daybell says.

Daybell was taken into custody the same day, and now faces charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration, or concealment of evidence.

Vallow faces charges for obstruction or concealment of evidence.

Neither of the pair have so far been charged in relation to the children's deaths.


Both Vallow and Daybell are reported to be members of a religious cult named Preparing A People, whose aim is to ready the Earth for the second coming of Christ.

Police were first alerted to the children's absence by relatives of Vallow's, who grew concerned after not hearing from them.

After failing to account for the children's whereabouts, Vallow and Daybell fled to Hawaii in mid-December, but were later tracked down and arrested.

A further four people known to have been closely associated with the couple have died suddenly in recent years.

In April 2018, Vallow's third husband, Joseph Ryan, died of an apparent heart attack.

In July 2019, her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, was shot dead by her brother, Alex Cox, who claimed self-defence and was never charged.

In November, Chad's previous wife, Tammy Daybell, died of unknown causes in her sleep, and he married Vallow just two weeks later.

In December, Alex Cox was found collapsed on a bathroom floor at his home in Gilbert, Arizona and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

His death came just a day after police exhumed the body of Tammy Daybell and reopened an investigation, and police have said he may have been involved in her death.

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