JORDAN, Mont. — With the blessing of a jailed "freemen" leader, FBI agents and members of the extremist group positioned themselves Wednesday for a dramatic surrender to end the 80-day standoff.
A flurry of meetings took place within the compound, and a 16-year-old girl was brought to the gate and picked up by FBI agents. She was the last youth to leave, and a prosecutor said she would be taken into state custody.
Karl Ohs, a Montana legislator who has been acting as a mediator, was flying into Jordan on Wednesday for what he hoped would be the final negotiations this morning.
As freemen gathered Wednesday night in the main building at their compound, FBI agents in flak jackets took down the tent-like shelter at the compound's entrance where weeks of open-air negotiations have taken place.