Police find remains of missing boy at new Mexico compound

Father who took missing Clayton County child found in New Mexico; Kid still missing

During the raid, children between the ages of 1 and 15 were found in the compound.

Two men were arrested in a raid on Friday as part of the operation connected to a months-long search for the child, according to New Mexico's Taos County Sheriff's office.

Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said unidentified remains of a "young boy" were found Monday (Aug. 6) at a remote compound in Northern New Mexico where five adults were arrested and 11 children were taken into protective custody last week.

He and four other adults are charged with the abuse of 11 children found in a filthy, makeshift compound.

"When encountered both men initially refused to follow verbal direction and Wahhaj who was held up inside the compound was heavily armed with an AR15 rifle".

But Hogrefe wrote that when he interviewed the three women individually, they confirmed Abdul-Ghani had been there by confirming with a "head nod". The warrant says he had expressed wanting to perform an exorcism on his son.

These are a sheriff's descriptions of a property that officers raided last week in rural Amalia, New Mexico, according to court documents, in what started as an investigation into a man's alleged abduction of his son, then 3, in Georgia past year.

Tyler Anderson said he had helped the newcomers install solar panels after they arrived in December, but he eventually stopped visiting.

They also found what looked like a shooting range, with tires stacked up to stop the bullets, bullet holes and casings at the compound. The three women taken into custody at the compound are believed to be the children's mothers, deputies said. Siraj Wahhaj also was the subject of a warrant related to his missing son.

The Badgers noticed the compound had gone up on their property in January and said that's when they encountered Wahhaj and a little boy.

The children were removed and turned over to state child-welfare workers. The group had built the compound on their acreage instead of a neighbouring tract owned by Lucas Morton, one of the men arrested during the raid.

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"I started to try and kick them off about three months ago and everything I tried to do kept getting knocked down", Badger said.

Authorities said the compound shielded by old tyres, wooden pallets and an earthen wall studded with broken glass had been littered with "odorous trash".

The Badgers said they reached out to authorities in New Mexico and Georgia and gave the sheriff's office permission to search the property, but nothing was done until last week.

The sheriff said there was reason to believe the message came from someone inside the compound.

The boy's mother told police her child, who she said suffered from seizures along with developmental and cognitive problems, went to a park with his father Wahhaj last December and never returned. He said he felt investigators had enough probable cause to put in an affidavit for a search warrant.

He said Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were invited to the news conference but declined to attend. An FBI spokesman didn't immediately return a call by The Associated Press seeking comment.

"Many more rounds of ammo were found in the makeshift compound that consists of a small travel trailer buried in the ground covered by plastic with no water, plumbing, or electricity", the sheriff's office said.

After seeing the message apparently sent from someone at the compound asking for food and water, Hogrefe said he felt he needed to act. His body was discovered on what would have been the missing child's fourth birthday, the Taos County sheriff said on Tuesday.

But it is unclear whether the remains uncovered Monday are those of a missing Georgia boy, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj, who was nowhere to be found after authorities stormed the complex on Friday.

(Taos County Sheriff's Department via AP).

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