Police execute search warrant at Chad Daybell’s home

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SALEM — Rexburg Police executed a search warrant at Chad Daybell’s home Monday afternoon.

Officers in marked and unmarked vehicles arrived around 1:15 p.m. and showed some paperwork to Daybell’s son-in-law, who has been living at the home with his family, witnesses say. Police went into the house, exterior buildings on the property and were seen in the backyard with cameras. They left around 2:50 p.m. It’s unknown what officers were looking for, and Madison County Prosecuting Attorney Rob Wood declined to comment on the warrant.

The scene Monday is dramatically different than when a search warrant was served June 9 at the same house. Dozens of officers were on the scene and roads were closed for two days as Daybell’s property was excavated. Police discovered the remains of Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan during their search.

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The fact that Rexburg police are at the house means the warrant is likely related to the children, and not the death of Chad Daybell’s wife, Tammy Daybell. The Attorney General’s Office and Fremont County Sheriff’s Office are investigating her death. Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies were assisting Rexburg Police Monday.

Chad Daybell was arrested June 9 and charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. The children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, is charged with desertion of children and three misdemeanors. Both remain in jail on $1 million bail.

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