Former 'prophet' of doomsday church to appear in court following Amber Alert

A Utah man believed to be the head of a new religious sect allegedly hid two young girls in 50-gallon barrels for almost 24 hours in freezing temperatures and kept another two in an abandoned mobile home, authorities said.

Earlier this week, authorities found Hattie Briella Coltharp, 4, and Dinah Elizabeth Coltharp, 8, in a sect compound outside Lund following a tip, FOX13 Salt Lake City reported.

Following a child abduction investigation, authorities found the two boys alone on Monday on the remote compound.

The discovery of the children came days after Coltharp was arrested on suspicion of kidnapping and child abuse.

Dramatic video shows the rescue of two girls believed to have been abducted by their "doomsday prepper" father three months ago.

According to the Iron County Sheriff's Office, a woman contacted the Iron County Sheriff's Office on Friday to ask for help in locating her four missing children, whom she believed were in the custody of the children's grandparents.

Minnesota Timberwolves vs Los Angeles Clippers: Lineups, preview & prediction 12/6/17
Lou Williams and Austin Rivers led the Clippers with 23 points apiece, while Jordan finished with 18 points and 21 rebounds. The big man even scored three straight baskets for his team to cut the lead to three but couldn't overcome Towns and Co.

A statement from the Iron County Sheriff's Office said Shaffer is believed to be a member of a religious affiliation called "Knights of the Crystal Blade", and the children he's accused of kidnapping belong to a fellow member.

Deputies learned Shaffer had been last seen on Sunday with the other two missing children, along with two of his own children, the statement said. Investigators say they were there for 24 hours in subfreezing temperatures and were improperly dressed with no food or water. They were found dehydrated and in poor health inside an abandoned single-wide mobile home nearby. Three of the girls were treated and released.

"Oh mine child, I have heard thy prayer and thy cry, and I will answer thee as touching this matter concerning the Law", the website reads. Samuel Warren Shaffer, 34, who calls himself the prophet of a polygamous sect named "Knights of the Crystal Blade", was subsequently arrested. Coltharp's two sons were found with their grandmother, Catherine Coltharp, at 11:45 a.m. Monday in the sect's compound in Lund, which was built of large metal shipping containers. Coltharp is embroiled in a custody battle with his ex-wife, Micha Soble.

The 33-year-old Coltharp's interest in polygamy and "prepping" for doomsday had intensified in recent years, according to relatives. He had fled to an unknown location with the children, as well as his parents.

Coltharp disappeared with the couple's four children later that month.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Federation Internationale de Football Association lifts 2-year ban of Kuwait
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:28
It was later reiterated in a statement by Infantino during a meeting with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. QFA chief Sheikh Hamad congratulated Kuwait saying it was a happy occasion for Kuwait as well as for the Gulf Cup football fans.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top "Shazam!" Casts "IT" Movie's Jack Dylan Grazer
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:23
Grazer will play Batson's best friend and confidant Freddy Freeman, the only person who knows Billy's superhero secret. Grazer joins Zachary Levi , who will play the title role, along with Asher Angel who will play Billy Batson.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Dragon's Crown Pro Heads West in 2018
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:19
With updated visuals and presentation for the current-gen, hunting for treasure in the Kingdom of Hydeland has never been more rewarding.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Activists push to pass DREAM Act before end of year
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:17
It's unclear what, exactly, any agreement over DACA might look like ahead of the program's current end date on Friday. On Monday, Texas Sen. "I grew up here, I don't remember where I'm from, and I think that the U.S.is my home country".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Weird! Buhari 'Commissions' Release of 500 Prisoners in Kano
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:16
President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Kano granted amnesty to 500 prison inmates of the Kano Central Prison situated at Kurmawa. A mammoth crowd was also at the airport and along the major streets in the metropolis, giving the president a rousing welcome.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cryptocurrency Miner NiceHash Hacked - $62 Million in Bitcoins Gone
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:14
This way, users can benefit from bitcoin mining without purchasing or operating the equipment themselves. The firm says that it is fully committed to restoring the service with the highest security measures.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Pelicans forward Anthony Davis day-to-day with left adductor strain
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:14
Davis, a four-time All-Star, was injured on a noncontact play in the fourth quarter of Friday night's loss to the Utah Jazz. Will Barton had a solid first half with 13 points and Lyles finished with a double-double; ten points and ten rebounds.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Abbott's bid to delay marriage bill fails
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:14
This is the time frame more than 100 MPs had to share their thoughts on same-sex marriage in a speech to Queensland Parliament. All amendments were struck down, and the bill passed unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top James Mangold, Elle Fanning Team for Patty Hearst Movie at Fox 2000
Dec 07, 2017 - 09:13
Hearst was kidnapped by the revolutionary Symbionese Liberation Army only to re-emerge as as a member of the terrorist group. James Mangold will direct the film based around the kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Confidence in Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) Shares by Atlantic Equities Rise
Dec 07, 2017 - 08:16
Aon plc (NYSE:AON) recorded a trading volume of 1.01 million shares, below its 90-day volume average of 1.16 million shares. BidaskClub cut Marathon Petroleum from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th.

Burning Stock on the move: NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)
Dec 07, 2017 - 08:16
Among 18 analysts covering Ventas Inc. 4 or 21.05% of the trades during the past quarter were buys, and 15 or 78.95% were sells. A ratio of 1.5 will suggest that the company has $1.5 of liquid assets available to pay off $1 of its current liabilities.

Raytheon Company (RTN)'s Stock Is Buy After Today's Huge Increase
Dec 07, 2017 - 08:10
A month ago, they told us to expect earnings of US$1.88 per share while three months ago their EPS consensus estimate was US$1.88. The fund owned 2,716,704 shares of the aerospace company's stock after buying an additional 56,466 shares during the period.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Analysts Estimates And Ratings Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS)
Dec 07, 2017 - 08:09
Following the sale, the chairman now directly owns 184,842 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $20,347,407.36. Currently, 0.10% of Alcoa Corporation (NYSE:AA) are owned by insiders with 78.48% six-month change in the insider ownership.

Earnings Forecast of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SCMP)
Dec 07, 2017 - 07:57
This cash is what a company uses to meet its financial obligations, such as making payments on debt or to pay out dividends. Narrowing in a bit closer, the 5 month price index is 1.18692, the 3 month is 1.06723, and the 1 month is now 1.32292.

FedEx Corporation (FDX) EPS Estimated At $2.86
Dec 07, 2017 - 07:55
Wall Street is only getting more bullish on the stock, with 21 of analysts who cover FDX having a buy-equivalent rating. The stock of Coherent, Inc. (NYSE:GGG) has "Market Perform" rating given on Thursday, July 21 by William Blair.