Father kidnapped his 4 children, joined polygamous doomsday cult, police say

Amber Alert issued for 2 Colorado girls possibly promised to polygamist man for marriage

A tip led police to the storage building where they found the girls, reported KUTV.

On Monday morning, the Iron County Sheriff's Office raided the Knights of the Crystal Blade compound.

Authorities are searching for 34-year-old Samuel Warren Shaffer who may have 4-year-old Hattie Briella Coltharp and 8-year-old Dinah Elizabeth Coltharp with him.

The boys, ages 6 and 7, were found on Monday just outside of Cedar City, Utah but Coltharp is refusing to divulge the location of his daughters.

All four of the young girls were transported to local hospitals for care.

Their grandfather, Steve Sobel, confirmed the news to CBS Denver later that night.

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Coltharp was arrested Friday on suspicion of kidnapping and obstruction of justice, but refused to tell authorities where his children were. He also added that t has been not cleared yet that when the girls would be able to meet their mother. They were believed to have been taken by their father, John Coltharp.

Two Utah girls have been found safe almost three months after they were allegedly kidnapped by their father, who family members feared had betrothed them to a polygamist sect leader. The boys were with their paternal grandparents.

The Iron County Sheriff's Department said it was unlikely the two sisters would have survived the night had they not been found. Coltharp is reportedly an associate of the group's leader, 34-year-old Shaffer, who has called himself "Samuel The Seer" online and has written lengthy transcriptions of "revelations" he says he received in 2015 from "either the Lord or his servants."

According to the Spectrum, a girl who is Shaffer's own daughter was found locked in a trailer, she was locked there with one of the Coltharp girls around five miles away from the compound, the other two girls were found in water barrels where they were hiding.

Micha Soble, the girls' mom, told FOX13 she hadn't seen her children since September 10, when their father took them and disappeared with his grandparents. An attorney for Coltharp's ex-wife says Coltharp previously stated he "would rather see the kids dead than with the police".

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