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Back in June, the brother of polygamist Mormon sect leader Warren Jeffs straight-up disappeared.

Lyle Jeffs was supposed to be in court on charges that he defrauded the government out of millions of dollars, but he managed to get rid of his ankle monitor and hasn’t been seen since.


A new court filing, however, offers a strange theory from his attorney. Jeffs isn’t around anymore, she says, because he may have been raptured.

“As this Court is well aware, Mr. Jeffs is currently not available to inform his counsel whether or not he agrees to the Continuance. Whether his absence is based on absconding, as oft alleged by the Government in their filings, or whether he was taken and secreted against his will, or whether he experienced the miracle of rapture is unknown to counsel,” Kathryn Nester wrote. “However, his absence prevents counsel from obtaining his approval and thus further prevents counsel from filing a joinder with the Motion to Continue Current Trial Date in compliance with the local rules.”

It’s possible that’s just gallows humor. But if it were true that Jeffs got raptured, what an incredible miracle that would be… God loves the guy who seemingly pulled off a multi-million dollar food stamp fraud, but the rest of us, left behind, are screwed? Evangelicals would be so upset.

Here’s hoping they find him soon enough.

(Thanks to Brian for the link)

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Hemant Mehta is the founder of, a YouTube creator, podcast co-host, and author of multiple books about atheism. He can be reached at @HemantMehta.