September 19th, 2010
11:03 PM ET

Missing 'cult-like' group found alive after suicide fears

A group of 13 Salvadoran immigrants missing in southern California amid fears that they planned a cult-like mass suicide have been found alive, unhurt and upset to find they were the subjects of an extensive search.

Authorities had been scouring the Palmdale area of northern Los Angeles County on horseback and by helicopter Sunday in search of the group, which included eight children between the ages of 3 and 17, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A resident spotted one of the vehicles identified in the lookout at a park and notified the sheriff's department, he said.

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Filed under: California • Christianity • Cults • United States

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. i feel

    so i
    will take
    a little trip
    and see
    if they look for me
    in El Salvador

    September 20, 2010 at 5:36 am |
  2. peace2all

    Well... say what you will... but when a group gets 'labeled' as a 'cult' that *does* immediately give most all of us cause for concern, and makes us pause to evaluate them a bit further. Friend/foe/safe/unsafe/crazy.....what will be their actions towards themselves and possibly others. Lots to be concerned about here.

    We are not just talking about any garden variety religion....as if there is one.... but when a group gets the moniker of a 'cult'...truly, there really is cause for concern.


    September 20, 2010 at 2:56 am |
  3. Hezakiah

    Dey wuz just a-prayin! Ain't no need for all dis fuss! Dey wasn't gonna kiII nobody!
    "pray ova dis purse" means ask God to keep his hands off'n it...

    September 19, 2010 at 11:33 pm |
  4. David Johnson

    This is why I worry about the Mormons. All cults end badly.

    September 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
    • Jdelora

      Mormons are not a cult....contrary to what most uneducated, stereotypical people may think....

      September 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm |
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