Sunday, April 6, 2008


Authorities are looking for evidence that this man, Dale Evans Barlow, married and impregnated a 16-year-old girl.

Nearly 200 taken from sect's West Texas ranch
Star-Telegram staff writer

ELDORADO -- After several anxious hours late Saturday, tensions appeared to be easing at the YFZ Ranch in West Texas as state troopers streamed past checkpoints and escorted another busload of girls from the secretive polygamist sect's compound.


Earlier Saturday, officials said they had removed 137 children and 46 women from the ranch. Investigators said they planned to keep searching until every child was accounted for at the YFZ (Yearn For Zion) Ranch.

The second full day of searching at the property had investigators going building to building in the hunt for more children. State officials have blocked access to the ranch since Thursday in response to a report of physical abuse of a 16-year-old girl, law enforcement officials said Friday.


Timeline of the sect

1890 - After the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints rejects polygamy, some followers defy the church's edict and continue to practice plural marriage.

1914 - Settlement begins in Short Creek, an Arizona town that becomes a haven for polygamists.

1953 - Arizona officials raid Short Creek in an attempt to prosecute polygamy, but the move is heavily criticized.

1961 - Short Creek is renamed Colorado City and grows across the border to include what is now Hildale, Utah.

1986 - Rulon Jeffs becomes the prophet of the fundamentalist sect.

2000 - Jeffs' son, Warren, orders members to separate themselves from nonbelievers and compels children to stop attending public school.

2002 - Warren Jeffs succeeds his deceased father as church leader.

2003 - David Allred, a member of the sect, purchases 1,691 acres in Schleicher County near Eldorado.

2005 - A Utah judge appoints Salt Lake City accountant Bruce Wisan as the special fiduciary of the United Effort Plan Trust, which controls the church's holdings in the Colorado City and Hildale area.

2006 - In June, Warren Jeffs is placed on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list. He is arrested in August during a routine traffic stop outside Las Vegas.

2007 - Jeffs is sentenced to two life sentences for the arranged marriage of a 14-year-old girl to her 19-year-old cousin.

2008 - Authorities enter the compound outside Eldorado.

Source: Star-Telegram archives
Bill Hanna, 817-390-7698


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