Decades before she was arrested in the disappearance of her two children, Lori Daybell was a "quiet," "sweet" Southern California girl from a devout Mormon family who loved spending time with her cheerleading friends.
Now, those friends are shocked to see Lori at the center of a case involving her two missing children, JJ and Tylee, three suspicious deaths and a multi-state investigation. Bernadette Flores-Lopez said she met Lori when they were both 15 years old and became close friends.
"It's hard for me to believe. It's hard for me to even process that she did this," Bernadette Flores-Lopez told InsideEdition.com. "We all agreed that she just needs our prayers right now. That's what she needs. Regardless, she's not well. She's not well if she did something like this."
Lori was arrested in Hawaii Feb. 20 and charged with two counts of felony desertion of a child and misdemeanor charges of resisting and obstructing an officer, solicitation of a crime, and contempt, according to the Madison County, Idaho, prosecutor's office. She is being held in a Hawaiian jail on $5 million bail pending extradition to Idaho, which could happen early next week.