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Who’s investigating the Lori Vallow case? The internet

One aspect of CBS News’ upcoming special will focus on the internet’s investigation

The FBI released a new photo that shows Lori Vallow’s daughter on the day she disappeared. Another photo shows Vallow and her son JJ.
The FBI released a new photo that shows Lori Vallow’s daughter on the day she disappeared. Another photo shows Vallow and her son JJ.
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The internet has spent a lot of time researching Lori Vallow Daybell and the case of her two missing children, according to CBS News.

CBS News correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti will host an upcoming “48 Hours” special titled “The Missing Children of Lori Vallow Daybell” this week. In the episode, CBS will explore how the internet has played a role in investigating Vallow and her missing Idaho children.

Lori Vallow’s two children — Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan — went missing in September 2019. No one knows their whereabouts. Lori Vallow was later arrested in connection with their disappearances, facing charges of desertion and nonsupport. She sits in a Madison County, Idaho, jail on $1 million bond.

“As she sits in a jail cell awaiting trial for child abandonment, armies of amateur, at-home sleuths have dedicated countless hours online to bringing Tylee and JJ home,” according to CBS News.

Facebook groups and Reddit threads remain prominent members of the investigation into what happened to her. Some of those groups include “Christmas Misery,” which has more than 14,000 dedicated members.

One member, Annie Southam, told CBS News that the group has a number of people who have the skills to research the case.

“And with so many people with so many different areas of expertise putting those pieces together hopefully the whole puzzle can kinda be solved,” Southam said.

Just a note on this — I have joined a few of these groups as I’ve done more reporting on the Lori Vallow story. Multiple people within the groups have contacted me about theories, speculation and reporting tips all related to the case.

The upcoming CBS special will be the latest program to feature the story of Lori Vallow. On Thursday, CBS revealed that Lori Vallow’s mother and sister will defend the Idaho mother, as I wrote for the Deseret News.

The special will be the first television interview for Vallow’s mother, Janis Cox, and her sister, Summer Shiflet.

“She would never harm her children. And I know her,” Cox said, according to the press release.

Shiflet added, “I don’t know all of her reasons for doing what she’s doing. But I know she has … has the reasons.”