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FORMER BEST FRIEND OF LORI VALLOW, IDAHO MOM CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HER KIDS, SPEAKS OUT IN FIRST NETWORK TV INTERVIEW

Interview Follows Discovery of the Remains of Vallow’s Two Children

“What Happened to JJ and Tylee” Airs Monday, June 22 at 10pm/9c

In her first network television interview airing this Monday at 10pm ET/9pm CT on Dateline NBC, Lori Vallow’s former best friend, Melanie Gibb, speaks out after investigators discovered the remains of Vallow’s two children in the backyard of Vallow’s husband, Chad Daybell. The two children had been missing from Rexburg, Idaho since last September.

Gibb tells NBC News’ Keith Morrison that Vallow and Daybell “had deception in them,” explaining: “l saw him as the hand and her as the puppet on that hand. They were both, like, gasoline and fire - equally destructive to each other.” She added: “And they both lie. And so, that was their common thread, that they were really good lying to each other. [It] seemed a good fit, for them to be like that with each other.”

Click here to watch that exchange.

What Happened to JJ and Tylee features the latest in the case since Dateline last reported on the investigation in May. Daybell was recently charged with two felony counts of destruction, alteration or concealment of evidence. He has pleaded not guilty. Vallow was charged in February with a felony desertion of children and three misdemeanors related to her children. She has not entered a plea and her lawyer has declined to comment.

The special is the first of several Dateline broadcasts to air this summer on Mondays.

For more information, contact:

Dominique Cuce
NBC News
212-664-6192
dominique.cuce@nbcuni.com

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