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UPDATE: Chad Daybell was booked into the Fremont County Jail at 5:21 p.m., according to online records. He was arrested on suspicion of destruction or concealment of evidence.

Chad Daybell booking photo, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Photo: Fremont County Jail)
Chad Daybell booking photo, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (Photo: Fremont County Jail)

Mark Means, Daybell’s attorney, declined to comment on the arrest. has requested Daybell’s mugshot from the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office.

We will post additional details as we learn more.

This is breaking news and will be updated. The original story appears below:

SALEM, Idaho — Human remains have been found on the property of Chad Daybell and he has been taken into police custody.

The remains were found after authorities issued a search warrant at the Daybell home on 1900 East in Fremont County Tuesday morning.

Rexburg Police Chief Shane Turman, Assistant Chief Gary Hagen, and Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries held a brief news conference Tuesday afternoon and confirmed the discovery of the remains but said they have not been identified.

Turman explained Daybell was taken into custody for questioning, and charges are pending against him, according to a Rexburg police news release.

Multiple witnesses tell they saw several officers pull Daybell over near his home around 11:30 a.m. He was wearing a baseball cap, gray button-up shirt and blue jeans. Witnesses say he got out of his silver SUV, was placed in handcuffs and put into a police car. His vehicle was then towed away.

Fremont County Sheriff deputies, Rexburg Police officers and the FBI arrived at Daybell’s home around 7 a.m. The warrant from the Rexburg Police Department is sealed so it is unknown what information officers are trying to obtain.

The helicopter flew over the property and spotted a backhoe in the backyard, blue canopies, tarps and a K9 dog.

FBI spokeswoman Sandra Barker confirms the agency’s Evidence Response Team is assisting Madison County with the execution of a search warrant.

Numerous roads around the home are closed and drivers are being re-routed. The media has been asked to remain in a staging area and police say they could be on the scene for multiple days.

This is the second major search performed at the Daybell home. Law enforcement removed 43 items from the house during a multi-agency raid on Jan. 3. Officers searched a shed and used metal detectors, probes and rakes to go over several portions of the yard.

Tammy Daybell, Chad’s first wife, died suddenly at the Salem home in October. Chad and his new wife, Lori Vallow Daybell, are being investigated by the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for conspiracy, attempted murder and murder in connection to the death. Lori Daybell’s two children, Joshua “JJ” Vallow and Tylee Ryan, have been missing since September, and Lori is in the Madison County Jail on two counts of desertion and nonsupport of a dependent child. has reporters at the scene and will update this story with new information as we learn it.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly identified Assistant Chief of Rexburg Police Gary Hagen as a sergeant.


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