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Updated: 4:04 PM- ELDORADO, Texas - Dozens of FLDS men knelt in prayer and sobbed as authorities broke through the door of their temple last weekend, and one man who tried to bar the way was arrested, a Texas Ranger said today.
Fifty-seven men ringed the gates to the imposing limestone temple as law enforcement passed by, Capt. Barry Caver said at a news conference in this West Texas town. He said attempts to use a locksmith and a "Jaws of Life" device to open the doors were unsuccessful. The doors eventually were physically breached.
No shots were fired, he said, correcting information provided in a search warrant affidavit released Wednesday.
Inside, investigators found multiple beds on the third level, one with rumpled linens and a single long hair, apparently from a female, another Texas Ranger said Wednesday.
During the search, residents moved between houses in what Caver described as an "eggshell game." "We had issues with that," Caver said.
As officers entered some of the homes, residents would sing and carry out normal daily activities, he said.
Officers also located two documented graves: the resting place of Barbara Jeffs, a wife of sect leader Warren S. Jeffs, who died of breast cancer; and a 3-year-child who was killed in a recent vehicle accident at the ranch. Cadaver dogs were used to search for more buried bodies, but found none.
The state investigation of the polygamous FLDS sect's YFZ ranch has been completed and authorities have left the property, Schleicher County Sheriff David Doran said during a news conference Thursday. However, a federal search warrant was issued Tuesday, and that investigation is ongoing, a U.S. attorney and FBI agent said in a news release.
An affidavit and application supporting the warrant "are sealed and will remain sealed" and no other comments will be made, said U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas and Robert E. Casey, Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI's Dallas bureau.
Doran also said Thursday that authorities still have not located the young woman whose call for help sparked the raid, which began last Thursday. A total of 419 children have been removed, accompanied by more than 100 women.
"We very well may have her," Doran said. "Everyone is diligently working on that, to identify that person."
A 16-year-old girl called a family violence shelter on March 29 and 30, saying her polygamous husband had sexually and physically abused her.
The first priority for law enforcement was serving a search warrant, Doran said. While officers also have a search warrant for 50-year-old Dale Evans Barlow, the man accused by the girl, he has so far remained free in Arizona and denies knowing the girl.
But Doran said Barlow "is still a suspect," saying, "we are working on that (part of the investigation) right now."
Sect critics familiar with the 16-year-old girl contend she is not married to Barlow, but to a different man with the same surname. The Salt Lake Tribune generally does not name alleged sexual abuse victims.
Asked if police have the wrong man and will request an arrest warrant for another man, Caver said: "Until we find her, sit her down and take a complete statement, we have no way of knowing that."
Doran confirmed he has been working with a confidential informant for the past four years, as revealed in court documents released Wednesday, but would not elaborate. He would not say whether the person was on the ranch, owned by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
"I have a person that I have been communicating with and I'm not going to go any farther," he said.
He said law enforcement could not enter the ranch earlier because there was insufficient evidence to give them probable cause that a crime had been committed.
Between 50 and 60 residents remain at the ranch, including a few women, Caver said.
Sect leader Warren Jeffs has been convicted on two counts of rape as an accomplice for conducting an arranged marriage between a 14-year-old girl and her 19-year-old cousin. He received two consecutive five-to-life terms and is awaiting prosecution in Arizona on similar charges.