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Sheriff's search for 13 members of LA-area 'cult'

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By Associated Press

PALMDALE, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say five adults and eight children from a "cult-like" group in Southern California have been reported missing by their families.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's captain Mike Parker says the group from the Palmdale area disappeared Saturday and left behind evidence that they were awaiting the rapture or some catastrophic event.

Parker says the husbands of two of the missing adults from the group was asked to keep a purse, and inside it found identification, personal papers and letters suggesting the group was awaiting the end of the world.

Parker says the group's leader — Reyna Chicas of Palmdale — is among the missing