Category: Reyna Chicas

Children of religious sect leader put in protective custody

Child-welfare authorities have taken custody of two children belonging to the leader of a religious group that went missing over the weekend in Palmdale, authorities said.

Reyna Marisol Chicas, 32, was placed into an involuntary mental health evaluation after Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies found her group gathered in a park Sunday, ending a massive 22-hour search across desert terrain.

Chicas’ 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were among the eight minors in the group, whose members sparked concern after leaving behind farewell letters to loved ones before a taking off on a mysterious religious trip.

Reyna Chicas, leader of California religious sect hospitalized

The leader of a breakaway religious sect has been hospitalized for a mental evaluation, after members of her group went missing and left behind evidence that they were awaiting the rapture or some catastrophic event.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Kim says Reyna Marisol Chicas was placed under a 72-hour mandatory hold Sunday after it was determined she was not able to care for herself or others.

Kim says the 32-year-old Chicas gave investigators a false name and was rambling during questioning. Chicas told deputies she had no children, even though her two kids were with her. The group was found at a Palmdale park.

California authorities search for members of missing cult-like church group

Reyna Chicas 5 adults and 9 children have been reported missing by their families, and officials believe the group may have planned a mass suicide related to a cult-like church.

The group, led by Reyna Marisol Chicas of Palmdale, California, reportedly left behind evidence indicating they were anticipating the rapture or some catastrophic event, including notes saying they were “going to meet Jesus and deceased family members.”