Knights of the Crystal Blade

6 December, 2017

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Lund Utah

The Coltharp girls — along with their two brothers, their father, John Coltharp, and grandparents Keith and Cathy Coltharp, all from Spring City, Sanpete County — disappeared in September. Spring City Police Chief Clarke Christensen said Iron County sheriff’s deputies found most of the missing people in a compound used by the group John Coltharp associates with.

“They raided the complex, or compound, recovered the two boys, the two grandparents, but the girls had been taken in the night.”

The boys, William, 7, and Seth, 6, were found in good condition, he said.

John Coltharp was an associate of Shaffer’s, according to family members. The Coltharps moved from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, to Utah and then helped form a religious/survivalist cult, a fundamentalist Mormon offshoot.
Both sets of girls were within about five miles of what police described as a compound two miles west of Lund — a home made of shipping containers that Shaffer shared with two other adults unrelated to the children.
“(John Coltharp) belongs to a religious group called The Knights of the Crystal Blade and is likely living in the Cedar City area with the sect’s prophet, Samuel Warren Schaffer,” John’s wife said in court records. “(John Coltharp) distrusts modern medicine, refusing to allow petitioner to use pain medication during childbirth.” The chief noted that the religious group Coltharp associates with “has very like beliefs.”

[February 17 2012 Mountain Man FLDS Lost Boy? ]

lostboyA mountain man who roams the wilder- ness of south- ern Utah, breaking into remote cabins in wint- er is res- ponsible for more than two doz- en burg- laries has continued to outrun the law across a swath of moun- tains not far from Zion Na- tional Park. The coffee and alcohol the survi- valist favors plays into some cabin owners’ assessment that he could be a castaway from the nearby twin towns of Hildale or Colorado City on the Utah-Arizona border. The so-called lost boys are said to be regularly booted from the polygamous sect there by elders looking to increase their marriage opportunities with young women.
Unlike members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which discourages consumption of alcohol and coffee, many of the Mormon fundamentalists imbibe.

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