Lori Vallow's new husband Chad Daybell cashed in a life insurance payout of $430,000 after his previous wife died in mysterious circumstances — two weeks before he married the "cult mom" in Hawaii, cops allege.
Lori Vallow was arrested last week on an Idaho warrant and charged with two felony counts of child abandonment and three misdemeanours involving resisting or obstructing officers, criminal solicitation to commit a crime, and contempt of court.
It comes after her two children — Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan 17 — were last seen in September, but nothing is known about the kids’ whereabouts — or even if they’re alive or dead.
Vallow had recently married Chad Daybell — her fifth husband — a religious author who writes about prophecy and the end of the world.
The 51-year-old doomsday author visited her in jail on Tuesday — where she is currently being held on $5 million bail.
Shockingly, the mom-of-two — currently behind bars at the Kauai Community Correctional Center — was caught on film dumping their belongings after they vanished and is refusing to answer questions on their whereabouts.
And, even more disturbingly, the two Idaho siblings were never reported missing by their mother or stepfather — who tied the knot, without a care in the world, just weeks after the kids went missing.
Their marriage followed the death of Daybell's wife of 23 years, Tammy, who died in mysterious circumstances in October.
Her death was, at first, ruled that she died of natural causes, however, as suspicion encroached on Daybell and Vallow, authorities in Idaho decided to exhume Tammy's body to perform more tests.
The results of that autopsy have not yet been released.
In a probable cause affidavit for Vallow's arrest and why she should be denied bail, Detective Ron Ball said she and her new husband have significant "resources" as a result of his first wife's death.
"I am aware that Chad Daybell received at least $430,000 in life insurance proceeds upon the death of his wife, Tammy," he explained.
"As such Lori and Chad have resources sufficient to help them travel and hide from law enforcement and the court."
I am aware that Chad Daybell received at least $430,000 in life insurance proceeds upon the death of his wife, TammyRon Ball
According to bankruptcy papers obtained by the courts, it revealed the couple's dire financial situation, with over $100,000 in debt related to their book publishing company, Spring Creek Book Company.
The couple had assets totalling $149,657.21, but debts in the amount of $353,853.21.
Assets included a home in Springville worth $135,900, less than $100 in their bank accounts, various household items and their book company — worth an estimated $0.
Although both listed their jobs as book publishers, Chad's average income was $3,385, while his wife pulled in $1,579.
At the time, the pair were both working part-time jobs, struggling to make ends meat.
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The Rexburg, Idaho Police Department have said they "strongly believe that Joshua and Tylee's lives are in danger" as the couple have "repeatedly lied" about where the children are.
Vallow also is accused of disobeying a court order that required her to bring her children to Idaho authorities last month.
She will now be extradited back to Idaho where she will face further questioning over the disappearance of her two kids.