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Taos Co. landowner claims he alerted authorities to compound in late spring

An image provided by the TCSO shows the compound from overhead where 11 children and five adults were discovered in a raid on Friday. An image provided by the TCSO shows the compound from overhead where 11 children and five adults were discovered in a raid on Friday. |  Photo: Taos County Sheriff's Office, Facebook

The Associated Press
August 10, 2018 12:59 PM

TAOS CO., N.M. - A New Mexico property owner says he told authorities in late spring that he met the father of a missing Georgia boy after he and others arrived in the area where they built a squalid desert compound.

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Jason Badger said Friday that he doesn't understand why authorities didn't raid the site sooner, given his report about the father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj. He was being sought in Georgia in the disappearance of his young son.

Badger says he believes he saw the boy with his father this past winter. The owner later found out Wahhaj was wanted after searching online and reported him.

Authorities searched the compound for the severely disabled boy last week. They instead found Wahhaj, four other adults, and 11 other children whom authorities say were malnourished.

A second search uncovered a child's remains that haven't been identified.

The missing boy's grandfather says they're his grandson's.

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