REXBURG, IDAHO (3TV/CBS 5) - The grandparents of the two missing children out of Idaho are anxiously awaiting the looming deadline that the court gave the children's mother to return them.
The Madison County Prosecutor's Office issued an order to Lori Vallow to bring her children, 7-year-old JJ and 17-year-old Tylee, to the Rexburg Police Department or to the Department of Health and Welfare by 5 p.m. Thursday to prove that they're okay.
"I just want those kids back! Please show us where those kids are. Please tell me. I’ll go get them. And I don’t care where they’re at. I’ll go get them," said Larry Woodcock, JJ's grandfather.
JJ and Tylee were last seen in September. When family members became concerned about their well-being, Rexburg police issued a welfare check. Vallow told police JJ was with someone in Arizona. Authorities reached out to that person, and they said JJ had never stayed with them.
During the investigation into their whereabouts, Vallow abruptly left town with her new husband, Chad Daybell. Daybell was a recent widow, marrying Vallow two weeks after his wife passed. Her body has since been exhumed for further investigation.
Vallow moved to Rexburg after her husband, Charles Vallow, was shot and killed outside of her Chandler home in July by her brother. Her brother claimed it was self-defense, but the investigation is ongoing. Her brother died in December, which is also being investigated.
Vallow and Daybell were found in Hawaii in January. Kauai Police served a search warrant but said there were no signs of the kids.
"The whole United States is looking for the kids, and she’s on a beach in Hawaii," Kay Woodcock, their grandmother, said. Kay and Larry said they will stay in Idaho until they have answers.
"We’re in this for the long haul. This is not going to end tomorrow. I am not going to let it end. Kay is not going to let it end. Our family is not going to let this end," Larry said. "I know that once we find those kids or this comes to an end, she’ll never be in my life again. She’ll never be spoken of again. She’ll just be trash going in the trash bin."
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The grandparents said they're trying to be optimistic that JJ and Tylee are okay, but they said they're not optimistic that Vallow will cooperate.
"She doesn’t do anything easy. She doesn’t make things easy. She’s got the world as her stage right now. There’s a little narcissism in there. She’s got all the attention on her--good, bad or indifferent--and it’s going to be bad if she doesn’t show up tomorrow with them," Kay said.
Rexburg police would not elaborate on what will happen if Vallow doesn't show up because those records are sealed.