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13 Missing Religious Sect Members Found Alive, Safe

New Jersey Tribune via YellowBrix

September 20, 2010

LOS ANGELES – The 13 members of a Southern California “cult-like” religious sect were found praying in a Los Angeles park early Sunday afternoon, ending a frantic police manhunt.

The search began after two members’ husbands came to police with cell phones, identifications, house deeds and letters left behind by the group. The notes indicated members would ‘soon see Jesus and their dead relatives in Heaven,’ sparking fears the group would take part in a mass suicide.

The group of El Salvadorian immigrants consisted of five adults and eight children between the ages of three and 17.

The alleged leader, Reyna Marisol Chicas, 32, was hospitalized Sunday for a 72-hour mental evaluation after she gave investigators a false name, was rambling during questioning and told authorities she had no children even though her two children were with her.

The husbands who first reported the group missing told authorities they thought members had been “brainwashed” by Chicas. However, neighbors of the woman said she was devout but hardly fanatical in her religious beliefs.


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  • Marvin_max50

    lajustice

    almost 4 years ago

    1178 Comments

    the only victims are the kids, those adults chose to be there. They should all loose their children until its found whether the kids would be safe with them. Did they all just chicken out or were they found before they could do it?

  • L_59fe72e99fa891e59f62e6ceb62eca88_max50

    alex11991

    almost 4 years ago

    1978 Comments

    It gets me how people could believe such mullarky. I'm glad the kiddo's were ok.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50

    Irishcop1961

    almost 4 years ago

    50394 Comments

    Glad they found the children alive and well. That's a good one mack77...lol

  • Me_max50

    lilcasino510

    almost 4 years ago

    886 Comments

    That's funny....I don't remember seeing any comets coming close to Earth in recent news articles.

  • The_cops_max50

    mack77

    almost 4 years ago

    70 Comments

    Good Catch. Don't drink the kool-aid.

  • 1979_max50

    Robocop33

    almost 4 years ago

    14618 Comments

    Are they here legally? Deport them! Either that or take the kids away from these wacko's.

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