September 19, 2010: Sheriff's deputies are searching for 13 people reported missing Saturday after leaving a prayer meeting. The missing include five adults and eight children from the desert community of Palmdale in NE Los Angeles county. The 13 belong to a Christian prayer group that believes the end of the world is imminent. An alert issued by the California Highway Patrol reads, "It is believed, through further investigation, that [their] intentions are to commit mass suicide."
Shades of the Heaven's Gate cult! We get some of the best nut cults here in California!
Reyna Marisol Chicas, the group's leader