Larry and Kay Woodcock, the grandparents of Lori Volliw’s 7-year-old son, Joshua ‘JJ’ Vallow, broke down in tears as they visited the site where he and his sister Tylee were found buried in the property of former gravedigger Chad Daybell.
As soon as they received the heartbreaking news, the devastated grandparents traveled from Louisiana to Idaho and looked upon the site where the children were found.
“That’s the scene where JJ was,” Larry tearfully said to Fox13. “My little man,” he expressed with his eyes filled with tears.
Larry said he would let the justice system take care of the person or persons responsible. He also wants to mend fences with Daybell’s five adult children and get to know them.
“I’m not coming in hostility in any way,” he said. “I come with trying to be the peacemaker, and that’s all I want. I just want to be a peacemaker. Let’s all get along here.”
“My little man.” Larry and Kay Woodcock visit the spot where police found the remains of their grandson, JJ Vallow. Larry talked about wanting to mend fences. Larry is an incredible soul with such a loving heart. I just can’t imagine their pain over losing JJ. #JJVallow pic.twitter.com/oH7e7HyjoE
— Lauren Steinbrecher (@LaurenSnews) June 11, 2020
Daybell’s children also experienced similar grief when their mother Tammy Daybell, Chad’s wife of almost 30 years, mysteriously died in her sleep in October. After Chad declined an autopsy, her death was ruled as natural but was reclassified as suspicious after Tylee and JJ were reported missing.
Chad’s parents, Sheila and Jack Daybell, and also his brother Paul, issued a statement that read: “It is with heavy hearts and extreme sadness, that we wish to express our love and condolences to the families of JJ and Tylee.
“We especially want to convey our sorrow to Larry and Kay Woodcock and Colby Ryan [Tylee’s brother] for the pain and suffering they have endured for many months and especially at this time.
“We have hoped and prayed over the many months for the safety and well-being of JJ and Tylee and we are devastated by their passing.
“We also continue to mourn for Tammy, who has been a daughter and sister to us and part of our family for nearly 30 years. She was the sweetest and kindest person and a wonderful mother to her children.
“The lives of her children have been devastated since she passed away and through the events of the past months and recent days. We empathize and know that for every family and loved one involved, healing may take a lifetime.”
Daybell and Vallow were named persons of interest in the disappearance of the children after authorities said they believed the mother knew what happened to them and where they were.
Officers are also investigating three mysterious deaths linked to the couple as relatives claim that the two are members of a dangerous doomsday cult.
Residents in Fremont County who had also spent months hoping that Tylee and JJ would be found safe and alive decorated the fence outside Daybell’s property with signs, flowers and T-shirts that read: “Bring JJ and Tylee home.”
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