Sheriff: FLDS Members Not Polygamist Group

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

The Delta County Sheriff visited a Crawford ranch neighbors believe is a polygamist compound. After the tour he says there's nothing that points to criminal activity and there will be no criminal investigation of the property.

Sheriff Fred McKee said Tuesday the owner of the ranch, Neph I. Barlow, said he was an active member of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a polygamist sect not associated with the mainstream Mormon church.

McKee says Barlow invited several Delta County Officials to his ranch. Barlow told McKee he is practicing his religion, but nothing illegal. McKee says he was introduced to Barlow's family and it appears only one family is living on the 35-acre ranch.

We tried to contact Barlow but there was no phone listing for that name and according to Delta Couty Records, his mailing address is listed as a P.O. box in Nevada.

Neighbors called the sheriff's office after the FBI raid of an F.L.D.S. compound in Texas because of allegations of child abuse.


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  • by Josh Location: school on Apr 17, 2008 at 06:20 AM
    wow that was Interesting
  • by Anonymous Location: Hotchkiss on Apr 16, 2008 at 10:52 PM
    FLDS is all about Polygamy. How can you report that they are not polygamist? The sheriff admits that he never asked, so how can anyone claim they are not polygamist. The sheriff announced visiting the Barlows 2 days before to the media. All of the other people living there left before they arrived, including the pregnant teenagers. The Barlows are founding members of the FLDS. Get it together people!
  • by Anonymous Location: Crawford on Apr 16, 2008 at 09:25 PM
    Ignorant people in Grand Junction should know what they are talking about before posting a comment.
  • by Anonymous Location: Grand Junction on Apr 15, 2008 at 09:16 PM
    Looks to me like the concerned neighbors in Crawford really should learn to mind there own business. If I had neighbors like them, I would also build a high privacy fence. They should be happy the Barlow family pay taxes in their snoody little city
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