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Black Hills Could Hide Polygamist Fugitive

May 8, 2006, 6:02 PM by Andy Harvey

A polygamist leader with a compound in southwest South Dakota is now one of the FBI's 10 most wanted. Warren Jeffs is wanted in Utah and Arizona, suspected of arranging marriages for underage girls. People in the Black Hills say the area would be a perfect place for him to hide.

Wired fences, more than one hundred acres, and security cars all make up a very private place where fugitive Warren Jeffs could hide.

Resident Rita Anfinson said, "Yeah I think it would be a good place for him to hide. I figure most people wouldn't know he was there."

Jeff's compound is in a very isolated part of the Black Hills southwest of Pringle and it's believed he's stayed there in the past. That concerns people who live nearby now that the FBI wants him.

Anfinson said, "Oh it bothers me, don't get me wrong. I bothers me a lot that he's out there doing what he's doing with these young people and stuff."

So far, local police haven't dealt with any tip calls, but they're working closely with federal authorities.

Custer County Sheriff Phil Hespen said, "We've got to be careful with our information. We don't let sensitive stuff out at all. It would kind of defeat the purpose."

There's now a $100,000.00 reward for information leading to Jeffs' arrest. But no one has seen him for nearly two years and he travels with well-armed body guards.

Hespen said, "It could work for you or against you. He's probably changed his daily routine now."

That's why they're relying on citizens to be be alert.

Hespen said, "It's a waiting game and like I said you will be found. It's just a matter of time."

Jeffs was also profiled on America's Most wanted recently. Anyone with information is asked to call the police.

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