Iron County authorities search for two missing girls and man

Authorities searching for 2 girls from Highlands Ranch after raid at polygamist cult in southern Utah

Four-year-old Hattie Briella Coltharp and her 8-year-old sister Dinah Elizabeth Coltharp, along with two brothers, their father and their grandparents, all from Spring City in Sanpete County, disappeared from the town in September. According to local reports on social media the pair were "safe but very cold".

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. That's when police raided a compound used by the Knights of the Crystal Blade, a polygamist sect Coltharp founded with Samuel Warren Shaffer after he was excommunicated from the Mormon Church, Coltharp's ex-wife says, per the New York Daily News.

The Iron County Sheriff's department said it was unlikely the pair would have survived the night as Shaffer was taken into custody.

Their grandfather told CBS4, the girls were taken to the nearby hospital for medical evaluations. Immediately concerns turned to when the girls would be reunited with their mother, although it was not clear when this would be.

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.

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They believe they might be with 34-year-old Samuel Warren Shaffer, who calls himself "the seer". Four-year-old Hatti and eight-year-old Dina had been placed in the custody of their mother Micha Coltharp following a recent divorce. His ex-wife was granted custody on November 27, but the search for them intensified when Coltharp was arrested and refused to reveal their location.

An Amber Alert has been issued for two missing Utah girls from Spring City and a man.

Coltharp is not cooperating with investigators.

The Spectrum reported, Shaffer has been arrested by the Iron County Sheriff's Office. He was last seen near Lund, Utah, with two women, his two daughters and the two Coltharp girls.

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. "But his choices have destroyed so many lives".

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