May 27, 2005

FBI evidence team finishes search at Hosanna Church

The Advocate

PONCHATOULA -- Investigators interviewed witnesses and went through volumes of evidence Thursday as they worked to piece together a Ponchatoula church's alleged occult rituals that included devil-worship and sex with children and animals.

A FBI evidence team wrapped up its search at the Hosanna Church on Southwest Railroad Avenue, the location where most of the alleged child abuse occurred, said Laura Covington, spokeswoman for the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office.

Investigators have not said what they found as they dug pits on the church grounds, other than construction debris and an old carpet.

Covington said that as of midweek, no additional arrest warrants or search warrants were pending in the investigation. Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards has said that there are at least 100 people detectives plan to interview and has not ruled out more arrests.

Posted by kshaw at May 27, 2005 06:58 AM