BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been charged with concealing or destroying two sets of human remains after authorities say they uncovered children’s bodies on his property while investigating the disappearance of his wife’s two kids.
The remains haven’t yet been identified.
The case has drawn global attention for its ties to the couple’s doomsday beliefs and the mysterious deaths of their former spouses.
An Idaho prosecutor filed the felony charges against Chad Daybell on Wednesday, and he’s being held on $1 million bail.
The children’s mother, Lori Vallow Daybell, has already been charged with child abandonment.
Then-7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan haven’t been seen since September.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Culver woman on Thursday in connection with the death of a person whose body was found in Madras, according to a post on the agency’s Facebook page.
According to Sheriff Jim Adkins, a body was found in a refrigerator at the corner of SW Bear Drive and Highway 361 on May 7.
After a month-long investigation, 36-year-old Charina Jeanette Owen was arrested for second-degree murder, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon and second-degree abuse of a corpse, Adkins said.
Owen is expected to appear in Jefferson County Circuit Court Friday, June 5 at 11:30 a.m.
28-year-old Tashina Jordan was arraigned in court this morning to face charges of aggravated murder for allegedly killing her disabled son, 7-year-old Mason Jordan.
Authorities said that just before 6 p.m. on August 20th, Jordan allegedly fatally shot Mason before attempting to take her own life by overdosing on pills. She was found and transported to St. Charles Hospital in bend with life-threatening injuries but survived. Just eight days later, she was arrested and transferred from the hospital to the Deschutes County Jail.
If sentenced, Jordan could be facing life in prison or worse. However, Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he has not yet decided if he will pursue the death penalty in this case.
Meanwhile, the Central Oregon community is divided over the decision. Some are calling for her to face consequences of her actions; others think that she needs more help than punishment.
Jordan’s motive has not yet been revealed but will be discussed during future court dates. Jordan’s next court appearance is scheduled for September 24th.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a mental health crisis or is considering hurting themselves or others, please contact a crisis hotline in your area.
Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook Counties all have community mental health resources or anyone can call the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
Tashina Jordan Scheduled to Appear in Court Wednesday
A Deschutes County grand jury returned a secret indictment Monday, charging 28-year-old Tashina Jordan of Bend, with aggravated murder for intentionally causing the death of her developmentally disabled 7-year-old son. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Wednesday where she will officially be charged with aggravated murder. Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he is still deciding wether or not he will pursue the death penalty in this case.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan has details on the most recent developments.