Chad Daybell had huge bonfires on his Idaho property final fall — in the identical space where the remains of his two stepchildren were discovered, his neighbor mentioned Thursday.
Matthew Worth, who lives throughout the road from Daybell in Rexburg, recalled Daybell’s unusual habits final yr simply earlier than Daybell’s spouse Tammy Daybell died and after stepkids Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan went lacking.
“We seen they were having a number of bonfires that were form of out of the peculiar,” Worth informed Fox 13. “That they had a giant bonfire final fall, they usually had two or three huge bonfires this spring.”
The fires were in the identical spot where investigators used a backhoe this week to dig into the bottom, where it seems the children’s remains were discovered, Worth mentioned.
Joshua, 7, and his sister Tylee, 17, were final seen in September. Tammy died in October.
Daybell and his spouse Lori Vallow, the mother of the 2 children, have been beneath investigation since.
Worth mentioned he seen one thing was off about Daybell’s habits when Daybell and Vallow knocked on his door to purchase pumpkins — per week earlier than Tammy’s dying.
“He was unusual, he was totally different,” Worth mentioned. “He didn’t speak quite a bit, didn’t make eye contact with us very a lot. Usually he would.”
The couple, who were concerned in a doomsday cult known as Getting ready a Individuals, fled from Idaho to Hawaii in November after authorities tried to do a welfare examine on the youngsters.
Vallow was arrested in February on little one desertion expenses. Worth mentioned Daybell returned residence round that point however hardly ever left the home, solely at night time.
Daybell, who has 5 of his personal kids, was arrested Tuesday and charged with two counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of proof after authorities dug up the remains on his property.
They were positively recognized as these of Joshua and Tylee.
Daybell and Vallow are being held on $1 million bail every in separate jails.