purchased the land in November 2003, and told the folks in Mancos, Colorado the very same story that he
told the folks in Eldorado, Texas.
According to Allred
was buying the property for use as a hunting retreat.
According to officials with the Montezuma County Sheriff's Department
, David Allred
of Washington County, Utah, purchased a parcel of property near the town of Mancos, in November, 2003, very close to the time when he
bought 1,691 acres near Eldorado, Texas.
, using the same tactics he
implemented here in Texas, told locals in Colorado that he
was buying the property for use as a hunting retreat.
Sam Brower, an investigator for some of the members, said the agent, David Allred, told authorities it would be a corporate hunting retreat.
also bought a 1,691-acre ranch near Eldorado, Texas, last November for a supposed hunting retreat.
County Assessor's Office confirmed Monday that David Allred
, a Utah man reportedly affiliated with the fundamentalist church, bought 60 forested acres in July 2003 on County Road 39, north of Joe Moore Reservoir.
Scott Davis, a deputy assessor, said Allred
allowed him onto the property to conduct an evaluation, but did not allow him inside any buildings, insisting they were all part of a corporate hunting retreat to which he
himself did not have access.
Davis said Allred
met him at a locked gate, escorted him to the building and then followed Davis out, locking the gate behind him.
Acting on behalf of the FLDS leadership, a 33-year-old Mormon Fundamentalist named David Steed Allred
paid $1,394,000 for two 60-acre parcels of land six miles north of Mancos, a small community in Colorado's southwest corner.
, moreover, is presently maneuvering to purchase a third 60-acre parcel lying between the other properties, which would give the FLDS Church
a private inholding of 180 contiguous acres entirely surrounded by publicly owned National Forest.
David Allred, thought to be a member and agent of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, purchased a 60-acre parcel at 15252 County Road 39 in Mancos last year for a corporate hunting retreat.
is thought to be a member and an agent of the church, and his
signature is on a deed of trust for the purchased property.
An agent for the church, David Allred, purchased a 60-acre parcel of land near Mancos, Colo. Allred also bought a 1,691-acre ranch near Eldorado, Texas, a year ago for a supposed hunting retreat.
But a few months later, FLDS leaders acknowledged to Texas authorities that ranch was intended as refuge from pressure from officials in Utah and Arizona because of the church's tenet of polygamy.
The Texas compound has since grown to a dozen buildings.
About the same time as the Texas purchase, Allred
bought the 60 acres of land in Colorado midway between Cortez and Durango, also supposedly for a hunting retreat.
County Assessor's office confirmed in late October that David Allred
of Utah purchased 60 acres of land on block 15252 of County Road 39 in July 2003, several miles north of Joe Moore Reservoir.
But a few days later, an additional 60 acres were confirmed to have been purchased Oct. 8 by Sherwood Management Group Inc.
, of which Allred
A deed of trust for the property at 15976 County Road 39 is signed by Allred
Two 60-acre parcels several miles north of Mancos have been bought by Jeffs' son-in-law, David Allred
, and the group is thought to have holdings in Mexico, as do other polygamous groups.
The Allred purchase of the first Mancos parcel in July 2003, followed several months later by his
purchase of the 1,691-acre property in Texas, set off a flurry of construction in both locations.
At first, Davis suspected Allred
was hiding a methamphetamine lab, which Davis says is not uncommon in the area.
And, in July 2003, David Allred, an FLDS member and son-in-law of Jeffs, bought 60 acres off CR 39 in the north end of the Mancos Valley.
Last fall, Allred
bought another 60 acres nearby.
So, all of the outposts of the Jeffs faction of the FLDS
have been identified as hate group sites on the map - Eldorado, Texas; Hildale, Utah; Colorado City, Ariz., and Mancos.
Though there was a flurry of round-the-clock building activity for several months after Allred
purchased the first 60-acre parcel, expanding the residential capacity of the place from three bedrooms and two baths to 10 bedrooms and 10 baths, for at least six months there has been little indication that there is anyone but a caretaker living there.
Since Jeffs' son-in-law, David Allred
, did not acquire the mineral rights when he
purchased the YFZ Ranch for the FLDS
, the secretive sect may be forced by Texas law to allow wildcatters to drill for oil in their compound.
According to the county treasurer's office, David Allred
- the 2003 purchaser of record of 60 acres at 15252 CR 39
, and son-in-law of FLDS Prophet Warren Jeffs - paid the taxes on that parcel on April 28 with a check that was returned for insufficient funds.
On June 27, Allred
sent a cashier's check for the $6,389.77 tax bill, plus $127.80 in interest accrued while the bill was delinquent.
Allred is also president of Sherwood Management Group, Inc., the firm with a Mesquite, Nevada, postal box address that purchased another 60-acre parcel at 15976 CR 39 in 2004.
The $824.42 county tax bill on that property was paid by money order on April 28.
David Steed Allred
, a known FLDS member, has his
signature on the warranty deed of trust for one parcel of two FLDS properties in Montezuma County
, according to the county assessor's office.
Another property has Sherwood Management Group Inc.
named as primary owner.
An Oct. 30, 2004, Journal report listed Allred
as president of the company.
paid about $1.4 million combined for both Mancos-area properties.
A 2004 Journal report noted Allred
as president of Sherwood Management
The parcel at 15252 Road 39 was originally purchased in July 2003 for a corporate hunting retreat.
That land was conveyed from Allred
to Elite Management Group
, of Cheyenne, Wyo., on Jan. 18, 2007, according to Vanderpool.
The land near Mancos, Colorado - about an hour north of Farmington - was quietly purchased in 2003 by a man named David Allred
, the son-in-law of self proclaimed prophet Warren Jeffs.