Police in Gilbert, Arizona, have released footage showing the former husband of Lori Vallow telling police in early 2019 that she had “lost her mind" and had threatened him.
The body-camera footage shows Charles Vallow speaking to police about his wife on January 31, 2019, months before Lori’s children, Tylee Ryan, 17, and Joshua Vallow, 7, went missing. She was subsequently arrested and charged in connection to their disappearance.
Charles is seen asking Gilbert police to conduct a welfare check at their home in the footage, telling officers he returned from a work trip to find his truck was missing from where he parked it, and he no longer had keys to get inside their house.
“She’s psychologically gone, something has happened to her,” Charles says of his wife in the footage. “She’s lost her mind, I don’t know how else to say it. We’re LDS, she thinks she’s a resurrected being and a god, and a member of the 144,000,” he said, adding, “She took all the money out of her bank account today, and our truck is gone from the airport. She went to the airport and got it.”
Vallow says his wife made several threats against him, including threatening to murder him. “She said you’re not Charles, I don’t know who you are or what you did with Charles, but I can murder you now with my powers.”
Vallow also expresses concern for their two children. “I don’t know what she’s gonna do with them. I don’t know if she’s going to flee with them, if she’s going to hurt them.”
The video shows police officers getting into the home through the garage, but they do not find Lori or the children inside. Lori showed up at the Gilbert Police Department hours later, telling officers she caught her husband cheating and that he stole her purse, local media reported.
Charles Vallow filed for divorce in February 2019. In July 2019, Charles was shot to death by Alex Cox, Lori’s brother, according to police in Chandler, Arizona.
In September, Lori moved to Rexburg, Idaho, with the children. Investigators say Tylee was last seen on September 8 at Yellowstone National Park on a family trip, and JJ was last seen on September 23 at his school in Rexburg, local media reported.
Lori Vallow was arrested in Hawaii in February 2020 and charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, Maui Now reported. She was extradited to Idaho in March. Credit: Gilbert Police Department via Storyful