At one point Charles advises police that he'd found found Lori’s car parked at J.J.'s school, and that he took her keys, phone and wallet. A key found in the wallet led him to locate her at a hotel, and he wanted police to pick her up on a court order for a mental evaluation.
“I don’t want her hurt. I don’t want her to hurt anyone else,” he said. “Her religious stuff has gone way off the deep end.”
Police did not pick her up, but later the same day, Lori, Tylee and a friend of Lori's went to the police station to file a report against Charles over the missing items. "During my contact with Lori, I found her to be in a normal state of mind but only slightly upset she did not have her property,” an officer wrote in a police report. “Lori showed no signs of mental distress as she described what was occurring and appeared to be in a good mood. Talking with Lori's daughter and friend, they did not seem concerned for anything other than Lori getting her property back.”
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The report states that Lori agreed to go on her own to the Community Bridges mental health facility, from which she was medically cleared later that same day.
Charles died July 11 in an alleged altercation with Alex Cox — Lori's brother — who claimed self-defense and was not charged in the incident. In December 2019 Cox himself died from what the medical examiner eventually ruled were natural causes.
After Charles died, Lori moved herself and her two kids to Rexburg, Idaho, near Chad's home. The two have previously appeared together on at least one podcast under the banner “Preparing a People,” designed to help its audience plan for the end of the world.
As the investigation into the children's disappearance took off, authorities also expressed renewed interest in the October death of Chad's wife, Tammy, about two weeks before he and Lori were wed. Tammy's death was blamed on natural causes, according to initial reports, but authorities have since labeled her death "suspicious" and continue to review it.
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