The surviving son of doomsday-obsessed mum Lori Vallow has revealed she gave him a chilling response when he pressed her to find out the whereabouts of his missing younger siblings.
“I asked him 100 times, ‘What’s going on?'” Colby Ryan, 26, told the US Sun of Vallow, 48, who faces murder with her husband, Chad Daybell , 52, in the deaths of Tyree Ryan, 17, and Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7.
“And the only response I ever got was, ‘It’s all going to be revealed soon,'” Ryan told the outlet. “So I just left. It was always a question mark – you couldn’t get a straight answer.
He added: “It was hard enough to reach out and be the one chasing her, but that’s how it went.”
If Vallow and Daybell are found guilty on any of the first-degree charges against them, prosecutors will seek capital punishment as a sentencing option, according to court documents.
When Vallow’s children went missing in 2019, the couple never reported them missing, police said. They also refused to help detectives trying to find them.
Vallow and Daybell fled Idaho and traveled to Hawaii, where they were arrested when the children disappeared, police said.
The burned bodies of the two children were eventually discovered in a makeshift cemetery near Daybell’s home several months after their disappearance.
Lawyers for Vallow, who pleaded not guilty, had argued she was mentally unfit to stand trial – but she was found capable of understanding the charges against her after spending 11 months in a mental hospital.
The couple at the time of the children’s disappearance were said to have been members of Preparing a People, a doomsday preparation group they joined in 2018.
A friend of the mother told investigators that Vallow believed her children were possessed by evil spirits and could eventually turn into zombies.
Ryan said he couldn’t get answers from his mom all along.
” Rather early [after his siblings’ disappearances] I reached out to my mum and she was really shady about it before cutting everyone off, including me,” Ryan told The Sun.
“And then, obviously, you’re going to start thinking, ‘Is everyone alive? Are they OK? What if the worst had happened? But you can’t think like that,” he said.
He said he continued to pressure his mother, while remaining hopeful that his siblings were safe.
“There was a lot of back and forth and a lot of fear,” Colby continued. “But I also had to keep faith that there was a possibility that nothing happened because I couldn’t imagine anything happening, especially with my mum.
“In my mind, there was absolutely no way she would hurt them 100%,” added Ryan, who recently released a self-published book, “The God Over Odds,” in which he describes his faith in the midst of the traumas of his childhood.
Ryan said he once shared a close bond with his mother, but the relationship was compromised in 2001 after she married her third husband, Joseph Ryan.
He said Tylee’s biological father was physically and sexually abusive towards him until the couple divorced about three years later.
In 2006, Ryan’s mother married Charles Vallow, who became her adoptive father.
Lori is separately charged in Arizona with conspiring to murder Charles, who was fatally shot by his brother, Alex Cox, in July 2019.
Cox, who claimed the shooting was in self-defense, died in December of an apparent blood clot in his lung.
Ryan told the US Sun he was overwhelmed with anger when he learned of his mother’s alleged crimes.
“They took my family away from me, they took it away from everyone who loved them,” he said. “It’s one of the most painful things to hear, to hear details of how your own people, who you grew up and loved with, killed your own family.”