Hoole thinks the children are in or near Hildale and Colorado City, collectively known as Short Creek.
The dispute has become a familiar one. Since the Jeffs family took power in the 1990s, men, women and children have been evicted from the FLDS. Members who remain loyal to FLDS President Warren Jeffs are said to be forbidden from having contact with those who are evicted or who, like Allred, are told to go repent.
Hoole said Allred doesn't know what her supposed transgression was. Her husband was Rich Allred, the former bishop at the FLDS compound in Pringle, S.D., though he, too, apparently had some kind of falling out with the Jeffs. Sarah and Rich Allred are no longer together.
Hoole said Sarah Allred had been repenting and hoping she would be allowed to reunite with her family. She recently concluded the FLDS was cheating her out of her children, Hoole said.
The four girls and two boys range from ages 14 to 3, Hoole said.
Tonia Tewell, of Holding Out Help, the organization that assists people wanting to leave polygamous families, said Sarah Allred has been unable to eat she is so worried about her children. She had thought the children were in the care of sister wives who loved the children, Tewell said, but recently learned the kids were with other followers of Jeffs.