The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (FDLS), and its members in Utah and Arizona, has been a troubling Mormon sect over the years. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described them as “white supremacist, homophobic, anti-government, totalitarian cult.” In 2011, their “prophet,” Warren Jeffs, was sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a child. They have also been accused of imposing harsh labor conditions on children. Most recently, FDLS leader, Lyle Jeffs, and ten other congregants were arrested for “running a $12 million food stamp fraud and money-laundering scheme.” Now, Jeffs is now missing after allegedly slipping out of his GPS ankle monitor with olive oil.
District Court Judge Ted Stewart was warned by Jeffs’ estranged family and prosecutors that he would escape if released. Nevertheless, Judge Stewart decided to release Jeffs in early June and confined to his Salt Lake County home. Two weeks later, he was ghost. Breaking 911 reports:
Although Judge Stewart had set strict conditions upon Jeffs pretrial release; he was confined to his Salt Lake County home with few exceptions, told he couldn’t contact various people affiliated with the sect, and was made to wear a GPS monitoring device, the polygamous leader managed to escape federal authorities, and is still yet to be found.
“He used a substance which may have been olive oil to lubricate the GPS tracking band and slip it off his ankle,” FBI Special Agent In Charge Eric Barnhart told Fox 13. Investigators believe that Jeffs removed his ankle bracelet at some point on June 18th, local media reports, because federal agents were in contact with him earlier that day but lost contact during the evening hours. After speaking with Jeff’s neighbors, investigators told The Salt Lake Tribune that witnesses saw “a newer model dark [Ford] Mustang” leave his garage sometime during the night.
The next day the FBI issued a warrant for his arrest.
Investigators say that Jeffs did not damage the ankle monitor at all to get it off. It has also been said that he has a lethora of hideouts available. “He’s got people that will buy him a house in a heartbeat,” said Jeffs’ son, Matt. According to the report this system is, “Known as ‘the house of hiding network,’ which was created around 2004 by Lyle’s brother Warren Jeff, houses exist all across the country such as in Idaho, Nevada and Texas.”
Warren Jeffs’ was also on the run for months back in 2006, until cops nabbed him in Vegas. He was driving an Escalade full of disguises.