September 19th, 2010
02:08 AM 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, a sheriff's spokesman said Sunday.

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 and notified the sheriff's department, he said.


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  1. qballnv

    I realize in a time like this it's very difficult to exercise some self-restraint and refrain from lambasting religion and cults (I know I want to ), but in the interest of the children, let's just hope they are all found alive and well, and even if it doesn't fit into your paradigm of reality and you think prayer is for feeble minded religious folk, it couldn't hurt to send a little positive energy, that is, of course, as long as it doesn't offend you to do so...

    September 19, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      "refrain from lambasting religion and cults" Why? I make fun of stupid people every chance I get. I'm trying to shame them into THINKING FOR THEMSELVES instead of blindly following the illogic of CAVEMEN who did not understand science. Or reality, with all the naturally occurring drugs they were ingesting. Peyote, psylocybin mushrooms, alcohol, and yes, cannabis. Drug use certainly does produce strange pattens of thought, especially in a species that has been evolving for over 2 billion years. You morons who accept religion cannot fathom the length of time of 2 billion (earth) years. That's only 365 DAYS for each one!

      YOU MEAN SANTA CLAUS ISN'T REAL? Next you'll tell me there's no Tooth Fairy and no Easter Bunny!

      September 19, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  2. T.D.Hall

    Why is it whenever some nut bag who owns a bible does some crazy stuff like this, all of the good living Christians are all lumped into one category with these nuts and called cults? There's a lot of good living Christians in this world (as well as Jews and Muslims and all other religious beliefs) who would never in their life hurt others. That's my two cents worth.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      Derp durp, because they implicitly associate themselves with the nutjobs by joining the same CULT. You retard.

      September 19, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      Religion: (noun) a large, popular cult.

      Cult: (noun) a small, unpopular religion.

      September 19, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dimwatt

      @Phil E. Drifter

      Oho! Major burn! Good shot!

      September 20, 2010 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  3. jcase75

    @qballnv You've got the right idea man...put aside the dogma (on both sides) and pray, send positive energy, or do whatever non dik-heads do when they hoping that some innocent kids have a chance to live their lives.

    September 19, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      'sending positive energy' is just about as retarded as praying, and is very nearly synonymous. Oh, please tell me, what's the shipping rate on positive energy? Can i send it in bulk? Where can I pick some up/

      You know what? Sometimes, as much as you want to help, you can't. Yes it's frustrating, but we're not children, and adults with imaginary friends are people who kill abortion doctors in 'houses of the lord,' churches. How ironic is that? "Hey god I'm gonna kill this guy IN YOUR HOUSE!"

      September 19, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alakazam9891

    the comments posted on this story made me smile

    September 19, 2010 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  5. thinktank

    god loves little children
    he has the power to save them
    but these kids will die if they're not found
    if they are focibly made to commit suicide,
    will god take them to heaven or
    allow them to burn in hell

    September 19, 2010 at 6:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Phil E. Drifter

      "he has the power to save them" BUT HE WONT! I GUARANTEE you, if they ARE found, it won't be by god, it'll be by some random passer-by, or maybe a police helicopter or you know what? FOR ALL WE KNOW they went on a camping trip for the weekend and they're all gonna show up safe and sound Monday morning, and say "yeah we visited the cemetery where our relatives are buried, then we went camping." Of we'll find them all overdosed on bleach, or maybe we won't find them at all.
      So why would you worship something that *could* save them, but doesn't? I met this muslim kid online in this game we both play. He told me he's diabetic. And he's muslim. And I asked "Why would you worship a god that made you a diabetic?" (he logged off.)

      September 19, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DanO

    Damn.. I was hoping it was Westboro Baptist Church.

    September 19, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gooney

    GOOD FOR THEM!!!! If only EVERYONE that believes they are going to see god when they die would not try to avoid it so much the world would be a much better place. I feel we should encourage ALL WHO TRULY BELIEVE, nay, we must point out it is the DUTY OF ALL WHO BELIEVE to hurry towards their god. Find a way to die soon... off cliffs, drown in ocean, car crash (avoiding non-believers or you go straight to hell without passing god or collecting your seven virgins, as the case may be). DON'T avoid the greatness of heaven: GO SOON. Grab the next train. 'Bye!

    September 19, 2010 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
  8. Phil

    Many of you atheists sprawling over the CNN board are just as crazy as these religious fanatics. You attack, you persecute, you hate people of faith.

    September 19, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Harmonika Savingsbonds

      I DO hate all people of faith.

      What's your point?

      September 19, 2010 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      @phil in all due respect phil im a christian and i do not persecute and i do not attack people but i do agree with you that aithiests do attack christians they think that if they belittle people they make themselves look better but in reality they are just storing up wrath for themselves on the day of judgement

      September 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. shortie

    Believevin what you want just don't force it on me.

    September 19, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. mrrlm

    let these people go see that they think is god ...and don't make a fuss about it

    September 19, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  11. Harmonika Savingsbonds


    Less idiots to be concerned over.

    September 19, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  12. nunya

    ' saying it’s going to meet Jesus.'

    'jesus just left chicago/heading down to new orleans/'
    lol....silly cultists

    September 19, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. big bob

    Don't worry everybody! Jesus lives in the Valley...right inbetween Juan's House and the cemetary.

    September 19, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      @big bob sir you are mistaken JESUS is in heaven and he is living in the hearts of true believers and by the way is VERY VERY VERY real and he is also personal

      September 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. SCdad

    Is it a Christian cult like the Jim Jones, "Purple Kool-Aid," one?

    September 19, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    Why Cult-like?
    This is a Christian group. They are believers in Jesus.
    If a group of radical Muslims decide to do themselves in we wouldn't call them a cult.. They'd just be considered Muslim by the press.
    Say Christian Cult perhaps.. But this headline is meant as pr cover for the Christian establishment.
    Too embarrassing to admit they have crazy followers too... That's just for "those" people

    September 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • snickers

      get off your high horse, you make no sense. this has more to do with mental illness. do you understand that mental illness is more common that most people think? relgion doesn't make you do anything. it's people who are not emtionally and mentally stable that go off the deep end. this has nothing to do with god.

      September 19, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
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