LAKE CITY (AP) - South Dakota authorities say polygamous sect leader
Lyle Jeffs was captured at a recreation area marina southwest of
Yankton County Chief
Deputy Sheriff Michael Rothschadl says that Jeffs surrendered without
incident Wednesday evening after a traffic stop. He says Jeffs was
alone in the vehicle.
Rothschadl says law
enforcement had been looking for a silver Ford pickup truck with Utah
plates. An off-duty Yankton Police Department detective spotted the
vehicle and believed it was Jeffs.
Rothschadl says police
made the traffic stop as Jeffs drove through the marina after using a
bathroom. Rothschadl says he doesn't know why Jeffs was in southeast
Authorities had been
looking for Jeffs since June 18, 2016, when he escaped from home
confinement in Salt Lake City pending trial on charges in an alleged
multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme.
Jeffs is the brother of
the sect's highest leader, the imprisoned Warren Jeffs.