FBI’s search for FLDS leader turns to Mancos

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FBI’s search for FLDS leader turns to Mancos

Speculation rises concerning FLDS property in Mancos
Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

A cabin, owned by the polygamist sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, hidden deep in the San Juan National Forest about 10 miles north of Mancos. The group’s interim leader escaped house arrest in June.
A rare sighting of a FLDS member on the group’s compound in Mancos in a picture taken this summer. Neighbors close to the polygamist sect’s property have no idea how many people live there.
Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

The FLDS purchased two 60-acre parcels, one in 2003 and the other in 2004. In 2014, the group again purchased another 60-acre tract, effectively linking the total 180 acres, which is surrounded by national forest land.
An aerial view of the lower 60-acre FLDS property north of Mancos. In the lower right hand portion of the screen is a large residential structure, which leads up to a massive greenhouse, raised garden and cluster of other buildings.
A greenhouse, solar panels and another unfinished structure are visible through the dense forest that surrounds the group’s property.
Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

A picture of the cement processing plant on the FLDS property north of Mancos. Many believe the polygamist group has used the cement to build an underground bunker, evidenced by the fact no cement has been used recently on the surface or left the property.
An aerial view of the lower 60 acres of the 180-acre FLDS property north of Mancos. In the lower right-hand portion of the screen is a large residential structure that leads up to a massive greenhouse, raised garden and cluster of other buildings.
Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

Despite obvious signs of human activity, those who closely watch the FLDS compound north of Mancos rarely see people on site. It’s in FLDS doctrine to hide from outsiders, and the property boasts cameras and motion sensors around its perimeter.

FBI’s search for FLDS leader turns to Mancos

Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

A cabin, owned by the polygamist sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, hidden deep in the San Juan National Forest about 10 miles north of Mancos. The group’s interim leader escaped house arrest in June.
A rare sighting of a FLDS member on the group’s compound in Mancos in a picture taken this summer. Neighbors close to the polygamist sect’s property have no idea how many people live there.
Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

The FLDS purchased two 60-acre parcels, one in 2003 and the other in 2004. In 2014, the group again purchased another 60-acre tract, effectively linking the total 180 acres, which is surrounded by national forest land.
An aerial view of the lower 60-acre FLDS property north of Mancos. In the lower right hand portion of the screen is a large residential structure, which leads up to a massive greenhouse, raised garden and cluster of other buildings.
A greenhouse, solar panels and another unfinished structure are visible through the dense forest that surrounds the group’s property.
Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

A picture of the cement processing plant on the FLDS property north of Mancos. Many believe the polygamist group has used the cement to build an underground bunker, evidenced by the fact no cement has been used recently on the surface or left the property.
An aerial view of the lower 60 acres of the 180-acre FLDS property north of Mancos. In the lower right-hand portion of the screen is a large residential structure that leads up to a massive greenhouse, raised garden and cluster of other buildings.
Courtesy of Tom Vaughan/FeVa Fotos

Despite obvious signs of human activity, those who closely watch the FLDS compound north of Mancos rarely see people on site. It’s in FLDS doctrine to hide from outsiders, and the property boasts cameras and motion sensors around its perimeter.
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