THE dead brother of "cult mom" Lori Vallow may be linked to the sudden death of her new husband's first wife, authorities have said.
Alex Cox, whose sister Lori is currently being investigated over the disappearance of her two children, died of unknown causes in December, but police say new evidence could implicate him in the death of Tammy Daybell in October.
Authorities initially concluded that Tammy, whose husband Chad Daybell married Lori just two weeks after she died suddenly in her sleep, had died of natural causes.
But police now say that digital evidence suggests Cox, who in July also shot dead Lori's former husband, Charles Vallow, purportedly in self-defence, could have had a hand in Tammy's death, CBS reported.
Tammy's body was exhumed the day before Cox's death in December, and the investigation was reopened.
In bodycam footage taken after the death of Charles, with whom Lori had been going through an acrimonious divorce, Cox tells police: “I turned around and he hit me in the back of the head with a bat, so I went to my room and got my gun.”
Cox was never charged over Charles's death.
Court documents from 2007 also show Cox threatened another of Lori’s former husband, Joseph Ryan, who died of an apparent heart attack in 2018.
Attention focused on Lori, currently held on a $1 million bond, following the disappearance of her 17-year-old daughter Taylee Ryan and seven-year-old son Joshua Vallow in September.
One of the last known sightings of the pair is in a photo showing them standing together with Cox in Yellowstone National Park.
Doorbell camera footage has also been found showing Joshua outside his home in Rexburg, Idaho on September 17.
Investigators have now said they intend to launch a search of the 3,500-square-mile park once the winter snow begins to melt.
'WONDERFUL MOTHER UNTIL SHE JOINED CULT'
Police were alerted to the children's absence by relative's of Vallow's, who grew concerned after not hearing from them.
Her family have also said that she was a "wonderful, loving, attentive mother" until she joined a religious cult named Preparing A People, whose aim is to ready the Earth for the second coming of Christ.
Lori and Chad went on the run in mid-December having refused to help with the investigation into the children's disapperance.
They were later tracked down while living together, but without the children, in a gated community in Hawaii.
Lori was arrested in Hawaii on February 20 and now faces multiple charges, including two counts of desertion.
Chad Daybell has not been charged in relation to the children's dispperance or the his wife's sudden death in October.
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