HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - In a stunning development to a case that’s drawn international headlines, Kauai police have arrested the mother of two Idaho children missing since September.
Authorities said 46-year-old Lori Vallow, who had been living on Kauai with her husband for several months, was arrested Thursday in Princeville after a warrant was issued in Madison County, Idaho.
She’s being held on $5 million bail and is expected to appear in court Friday for an extradition hearing.
Vallow is charged with with two counts of felony desertion of a child along with misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt.
Madison County Prosecutor Rob Wood said the complaint filed against Vallow alleges she abandoned her two children and then stymied officers attempts to find them.
Officials, however, did not say whether they believe her children are still alive.
Vallow and her new husband, Chad Daybell, surfaced on Kauai several months after 17-year-old Tylee Ryan and 7-year-old Joshua “J.J.” Vallow went missing.
Authorities previously said the two haven’t been able to furnish any information on the children’s whereabouts. The couple reportedly left their home in Rexburg, Idaho in November ― three months after the children were last seen ― and moved to Kauai.
After Vallow’s arrest, Joshua Vallow’s grandparents expressed hope they’d soon get answers.
“We are elated. We are relieved. We are ready for the next step which for Lori is: Where are the kids? Where are the kids? Where are the kids?” grandmother Kay Woodcock told EastIdahoNews.com.
Further complicating the story, police are also investigating the deaths of the couple’s former spouses.
According to East Idaho News, Vallow has been married five times. Two of her prior husbands have died, and it’s not clear what happened to the other two.
She had her oldest son, Colby Ryan, with her second husband.
That son posted a plea to his mother on YouTube, urging her to say what happened to his siblings. “You have an opportunity to put this all to rest,” said Colby Ryan, in the video.
Vallow had Tylee Ryan with her third husband, who is dead. And she reportedly adopted JJ Vallow with her fourth husband, Charles Vallow, who’s also dead.
Court records show Charles Vallow had filed for divorce expressing his concerns over what he called his wife’s doomsday and cult-like beliefs.
Then, in July, Charles Vallow was shot and killed by Lori Vallow’s brother in Arizona.
“It’s one of the most unusual situations I’ve ever heard of in my career in law enforcement,” Kauai Prosecutor Justin Kollar told Hawaii News Now in January.
Authorities are also investigating the death of Daybell’s first wife, Tammy. She was found dead in their home in October. He married Vallow two weeks later.
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