Tip may help search for woman sought in 'Lamb of God' killings

The Salt Lake Tribune/February 20, 2008

A recent photo believed to be that of Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron.

Investigators have received a tip that may narrow the search for Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron, who is wanted in a string of murders of members of the polygamous sect her father started.

An American woman claims to have met and befriended LeBaron last year in Honduras, said FBI spokesman Juan T. Becerra. The woman provided a photograph that matches age-enhancement drawings based on police photos taken in 1988, when four people were murdered in Houston and Irving, Texas, Becerra said.

Members of the LeBaron family are accused of the killings, which targeted members of the Church of the Lamb of God, the polygamous sect Ervil LeBaron started in 1972 in Utah. Ervil LeBaron subsequently was convicted and imprisoned for ordering his followers to murder his brother. Ervil LeBaron died in prison; some of his 54 children continued his ministry, federal investigators have said.

In 1988, three CLG members were murdered in Texas, as was the 8-year-old daughter of one of the victims. The FBI alleges members of LeBaron's family carried out the killings because the three members were breaking CLG commandments; the child was killed because she was a witness, investigators have said.

Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron face charges including murder and conspiracy to commit murder. The woman who provided the recent photograph of

LeBaron claimed to have contacted agents after reading a Reader's Digest article about the fugitive, Becerra said.

Agents have determined Jacqueline Tarsa LeBaron left Honduras in March 2007, Becerra said. "We believe she is in Central or South America," Becerra said.

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