Search for 13 from 'cult-like' sect in California

September 19, 2010 13:43

PALMDALE, California  — Authorities in Southern California searched a wide area early Sunday for a break-off religious sect of 13 people that included children as young as 3 and left behind letters indicating they were awaiting an apocalyptic event and would soon see Jesus and their dead relatives in heaven, authorities said.

The group of El Salvadoran immigrants, described as "cult-like" by sheriff's officials, was led by Reyna Marisol Chicas, a 32-year-old woman from Palmdale in northeast Los Angeles county, sheriff's Captain Mike Parker said.The group left behind cell phones, identifications, deeds to property and letters indicating they were awaiting the Rapture.

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