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Our First Look at Chad Daybell After Human Remains Were Discovered on His Property in Idaho


Authorities in Idaho released two mugshots for Chad Daybell, 51, hours after his Tuesday arrest. However, they’re not saying much more.

At a news conference Tuesday night, authorities in Idaho released scant new information about Daybell’s apparently alleged crimes. They did not say officially what charges Daybell faces; they only announced that he was booked into the Fremont County Jail on a felony. East Idaho News reports that Daybell was booked on a charge of “destruction or concealment of evidence,” citing online court records. Law enforcement officials Tuesday night would only state that charging decisions are in the hands of prosecutors.

Jail records reviewed by Law&Crime state that Daybell was booked at 5:21 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

Daybell’s home had been searched earlier in the day pursuant to a warrant, authorities said. “Unidentified human remains” were found, and an autopsy will be conducted.

Daybell will appear in court Wednesday at 11 a.m. MDT. Cameras are allowed in Idaho courts.

Law&Crime’s earlier coverage of the day’s developments is here.

Daybell’s wife Lori (Vallow) Daybell is in the Madison County, Idaho jail. She has already been arrested and charged with deserting her children and failing to support them.

The children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan—ages 7 and 17 at the time they were last seen–have been missing since Sept. 2019.

[Image via the Rexburg, Idaho Police Department]

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Aaron Keller holds a juris doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and a broadcast journalism degree from Syracuse University. He is a former anchor and executive producer for the Law&Crime Network and is now deputy editor-in-chief for the Law&Crime website. DISCLAIMER:  This website is for general informational purposes only. You should not rely on it for legal advice. Reading this site or interacting with the author via this site does not create an attorney-client relationship. This website is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Speak to a competent lawyer in your jurisdiction for legal advice and representation relevant to your situation.