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It’s been four days since Alabama man Warren Jeffs, prophet of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, orchestrated a series of bombings and a beheading inside his polygamist compound in Texas.
Warren Jeffs is already in federal custody. He’s got a “capital murder charge” from the slaying of CY a Texas. The police are notifying victims’ families and everyone on the FLDS compound near Hildale, Utah. Now they have an out-of-state subject, but no one from the church.
At a gathering of Texas law enforcement today in Utah with officials from Utah, Arizona, Texas and Idaho, information is leaked by state to state.
It’s odd for a known terrorist to kill innocents and make it sound like it’s not him.
Is this a cruel stunt? Is there more to the story? If one man in a particularly militant branch of the religious sect is punished for killing innocent people while conducting a mass murder, the question is how the heck is one man in over 800,000 followers still on the loose?
The real question of Texas and Utah is what is the status of Brian Laundrie, a senior member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) movement that believes polygamy is God’s plan?
Brian Laundrie is a leader in a polygamist faith in Utah. FBI/Shawn Wilkinson
According to police and government documents, Laundrie was thought to be “personally acquainted” with Warren Jeffs and his followers before he was placed on the lam. It’s unclear where he is now, but it’s possible he is in the same sect as the wanted man.
We found Laundrie on Tuesday night, with his wife, three children and others. They didn’t know how we found them, but gave us an address and gave us cash to the amount of $1,800.
We talked with U.S. Marshal David Harris about Laundrie and his alleged ties to Warren Jeffs.
Is this an emergency? There is no plan in place for a manhunt.
“We are not aware of any active search,” said Harris.
“It would seem ridiculous to me,” said Harris. “A man who has been known to be a fugitive could be there?”
Wife Sherri spoke to us from her place outside, seeking shelter. She said the authorities weren’t making her feel safe.
“There are the people we don’t know where we are,” said Sherri Laundrie. “There are so many roads, and no one’s been found.”
Sherri Laundrie is still anxious about who her husband could be in the hands of the FBI. “These are men who have been held away from me for months and months and months by those who are legally a government entity and have taken up personal religious beliefs not to return them to their wives and children.”