A “cult-like” group of 13 Salvadorans — including eight children — is missing in southern California after leaving behind notes indicating plans to commit mass suicide, authorities said.
The children in the group are ages 3 to 17, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“The letters essentially state that they [missing persons] are all going to heaven shortly to meet Jesus and their deceased relatives,” the California governor’s office said. “Numerous letters found say goodbye to their relatives. It is believed, through further investigation, that the missing persons’ intentions are to commit mass suicide.”