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Sect arrest warrant is dropped

May 03, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

An arrest warrant has been dropped for a man whose purported 16-year-old wife triggered a raid on a polygamist sect's Eldorado compound, authorities said.

A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman would not say why the warrant was dropped for Dale E. Barlow, 50, of Colorado City, Ariz., who has denied knowing her.

The crisis-center caller reported that she was a 16-year-old member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who had been beaten and raped.

An investigation led to the April 3 raid, in which state welfare workers took 463 children living at the sect's Yearning for Zion Ranch.

Authorities have not located the 16-year-old girl and are investigating the source of the call.

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