• Kids last reportedly seen on Sept. 23
  • Parents allegedly lied about kids whereabouts to police before fleeing Idaho
  • Religious beliefs called "cult-like" by relatives

In a case that is now drawing national attention, reports have surfaced this week that the mother of two missing kids from Idaho has been uncooperative with police efforts to locate them.

Despite assistance from the FBI, police search efforts have failed to locate Tylee Ryan, 17, or her adoptive brother Joshua Vallow, 7, who are both considered to be in danger. The pair have been missing since Sept. 23 and authorities have sought the assistance of their mother, Lori Vallow, and her current husband, Chad Daybell. However, the two have reportedly refused to help police in the small town of Rexburg.

The parents had reportedly told police their kids were out of state visiting relatives, which was later learned to be a false statement. Vallow and Daybell later fled the state before police could question them further.

Rexburg Police Department spoke about the uncooperative couple in a statement. “We know that the children are not with Lori and Chad Daybell and we also have information indicating that Lori knows either the location of the children or what has happened to them. It is astonishing that rather than work with law enforcement to help us locate her own children, Lori Vallow has chosen instead to leave the state with her new husband.”

Police added that Vallow and Daybell were still wanted for questioning but are not considered suspects.

Relatives have expressed concerns about Vallow and Daybell’s religious beliefs. While Rexburg is a largely Mormon community, the pair’s beliefs have been called “cult-like” by relatives and allegedly talk often about the end of the world.

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