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Remains found on Daybell's property are children, prosecutor says; bail set at $1 million

Chad Daybell is facing two felony charges.
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Posted at 2:53 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 17:09:44-04

SALEM, Idaho — Chad Daybell made his first court appearance Wednesday morning after investigators uncovered two sets of human remains on his Salem, Idaho property.

During Daybell's court appearance, Judge Faren Eddins set Daybell's bail amount at $1 million. Should Daybell post bail, there are a number of conditions, including his 24/7 use of an ankle monitor, no contact with the victims' families and obeying all local and federal laws.

Prosecutor Rob Wood said his office is aware the two sets of remains found on Daybell's property are those of children, but they are unidentified as of Wednesday morning.

"After proper family notification, we would like to confirm at this time that investigators have discovered two sets of unidentified human remains. Autopsy results are pending," Rexburg Assistant Police Chief Hagen wrote.

Court documents show a pair of felony charges for Daybell, who was booked into jail Tuesday after the discovery of the remains.

Two criminal complaints filed against Daybell allege he willfully concealed or aided and abetted in the willful concealment of human remains, "knowing that said human remains were about to be produced, used and/or discovered as evidence in a felony proceeding, inquiry and/or investigation authorized by law, with the intent to prevent it from being so produced, used and/or discovered."

Daybell faces two counts of evidence destruction, alteration or concealment. The offense dates listed in the documents are September 8 and September 22, 2019 - the dates his two stepchildren, Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan, were last seen.

Police and FBI investigators served a search warrant at Daybell's residence Tuesday morning. Later in the day, a Rexburg Police spokesman said investigators found what they believe are human remains. A medical examiner will work to determine whether or not the remains could be those of JJ and Tylee.

Daybell's wife, Lori Vallow Daybell, has been in an Idaho jail since February, facing two felony counts of child desertion and other charges.

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