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$50,000 Reward Offered for Jeffs

$50,000 Reward Offered for Jeffs
September 01
11:33 2016

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of fugitive Lyle Jeffs, the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints. The agency believes Jeffs is hiding somewhere in Utah; it has been established that he spent some time in the Short Creek area in July.

In early June, Jeffs was released from jail but ordered to home confinement. On June 18, he removed his GPS-tracking bracelet and disappeared. FBI agent Eric Barnhart says it is just a matter of time before they apprehend Jeffs. He reports there has been a steady flow of tips about Jeffs’ whereabouts. Jeffs and several other church leaders are charged with food stamp fraud.

While not going into details, Barnhart says there is reason to believe Lyle and Warren Jeffs have had a falling out. Warren, the former head of the church, is imprisoned in Texas in child sex abuse convictions.

In a hearing last month, Jeff’s lawyer suggested that Lyle may have disappeared because of the “rapture.”

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