Tammy Daybell's autopsy is complete

Tammy Daybell's autopsy is complete


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ST. ANTHONY — The autopsy for Tammy Daybell is finished and has been turned over to the Fremont County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators received the autopsy report from the Utah Medical Examiner Wednesday, according to a news release from Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries.

"The contents of this report will not be made public at this time as it is evidence in an open and ongoing investigation," Humphries says. "We will release additional information as it becomes available."

Fremont County Sheriff deputies were called to Tammy and Chad Daybell's Salem home on Oct. 19, 2019. He said she went to bed coughing and he discovered she had died in her sleep. The 49-year-old mother of five had been in good health and was training for a race.

She had visited with her siblings and parents two weeks earlier in Springville, Utah, and showed no sign of sickness.

Within weeks of her death, he married Lori Vallow Daybell, and a massive investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies was launched into her death, along with the death of Lori's former husband, Charles Vallow, and her two missing children, Joshua "JJ" Vallow and Tylee Ryan.

The contents of this report will not be made public at this time as it is evidence in an open and ongoing investigation.

–Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries

Tammy Daybell's body was exhumed in December and the Idaho Attorney General's Office is investigating Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow Daybell for conspiracy, attempted murder and murder in connection to Tammy Daybell's death.

She was the librarian at Central Elementary School in Sugar City and had also worked at Madison Middle School. Family and friends said she loved reading and serving others.

Her siblings and parents announced the creation of the Tammy Douglas Daybell Foundation in October "to honor her legacy of service and love of literacy."

"Tammy's true focus throughout her life was her family, from serving a delicious dinner each Sunday to remembering every birthday and holiday with gifts," her obituary reads. "She also loved all sorts of animals, but she especially loved Indian runner ducks. She also raised pigeons, chickens, cats and rabbits, knowing each one by name. She loved gardening, cooking and playing games with the family. Her laugh will be remembered and cherished."

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Nate Eaton
Nate Eaton is the news director and senior reporter at EastIdahoNews.com, a news organization he cofounded in 2015. He also spent several years as a broadcast reporter covering news across the country.


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