Relative of ‘Cult Mom’ Lori Vallow became an FBI informant to spy on family in bid to find ‘murdered’ kids – The Sun

THE husband of 'cult mom' Lori Vallow's niece has admitted he worked as an informant for the FBI in a bid to find out information on her two mysteriously missing children.

Ian Pawlowski made the revelation on an episode of Dateline alongside his wife, Melani – the niece of Lori Vallow.

Vallow's two kids, 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan haven't been seen since September 2019.

She was arrested in Hawaii in February after a months-long game of cat-and-mouse with cops, where she repeatedly refused to share any information on the whereabouts of her children.

Vallow was charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children; arrests and seizures — resisting or obstructing officers; criminal solicitation to commit a crime; and contempt of court — and willful disobedience of court process or order, per the Kaua’i police department.

The whereabouts of daughter Tylee, 17, and 7-year-old son Joshua 'JJ' are still unknown, and there is no evidence to suggest that Lori is cooperating with police on the matter.


She is currently being held in jail because she has not posted bail, which was already reduced last month from $5million to $1million.

But now it's been revealed her own family were spying on her.

Ian Pawlowski , who wed Vallow's niece around the same time she tied the knot with her doomsday author husband, had been keeping tabs on his wife in a bid to find out information on the missing children.

He was approached by the FBI after going to police with his ex-wife, after she raised concerns about their children coming into contact with the "cult mom".

Pawlowski agreed to wear a wire and record conversations with his wife, who Crime Online reports is still in contact with Vallow – although she has always insisted she doesn't know where the missing kids are.

But after two weeks, Ian says the matter "wasn't being discussed" and he confessed all to Melani.

Speaking on the show, he said: "I started to see her perspective,” Ian said. “This is not all the hype it’s made out to be.”


The bombshell episode also reveals how Ian's ex-wife found notes on his computer documenting his time as an informant.

The notes were later leaked to the media from an unknown source.

In the documents, Ian details everything he claims to have learned about the religious group Lori was running and information his wife Melani had told him over the course of their relationship.

The most shocking of those revelations had to do with Lori's children.

"Melani had been told by Chad and Lori that her children had been possessed and had become zombies," reads the document, which the East Idaho news claims was written by Ian.

"She shared concerns that she’s been told Brandon needed to die and that may indicate that Tylee and JJ needed to die as well," the court filing reads.

The talk then allegedly got far darker according to the document.

"She told me she was worried that [Lori's brother Alex] may have had to 'take care' of the kids. She explained that [her brother] had great faith and never wavered in his trust in the Lord. No task would be too difficult or great for him."

Ian shared most of this with police but still maintained his relationship with Melani, whom he believes played no role in any sinister plots based on conversations the two had over the past year.

It was alleged in court documents filed back in 2019 that Lori referred to her fourth husband Charles as "Nick Schneider" and said "Nick had killed Father and taken his identity."

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