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3:08 pm CT
Testimony of Angie Voss, supervisor for investigation for CPS, been a supervisor for 6 years, and investigator before that.
The department received a report on March 29th and 11:32 pm. Allegations of a 16 year old girl of abuse she had received at the YFZ ranch.
Also the concern that there were other girls living at the ranch where this young lady was believed to be living...100 to 150 other girls.
Initially 12 case workers assigned, they needed more. She was there to coordinate and supervise the investigation.
She arrived at the ranch gates with a team at 9pm on Thursday the 3rd. Law enforcement had arrived first. There were Schleicher County Cops, and Texas Rangers...
They spoke with 2 gentlemen from the ranch, who wanted to know why they were there. She told them they were investigating a report. Cops had already told the members of the ranch.
Law enforcement asked to speak with Sarah, the name of the woman who had called in the complaint. The men said there were no Sarahs there at all.
Voss said the team was permitted in, went to the school house, after going past the guard tower. There were at least 2 men in the guard tower. She saw them looking down on them, and followed law enforcement to the school house. Once inside, the team was placed on the main level where there was a small waiting area.
Merril Jessop instructed members to open the doors so they could interview some of the girls. Five investigators were allowed in and used classrooms to interview the girls. The men went to get the girls. She asked to get all girls 17 years and younger for interviews.
Girls arrived in 10 or 15 minutes. That part of the investigative process is to assess the safety of all the children. They saw 20 women.
There were men from the ranch standing around, walking outside, 2 in the stairwell. Several in the waiting area. They were polite and respectful, but she was concerned. It was a scary and intimidating environment. She was afraid. She saw men all over. It felt like the school house was surrounded.
It was just her and her 4 investigators. There were no women around.
When the women first walked in, they were quiet. Men were walking in with them. There were 15 women. They were placed in the classrooms to interview 5 at a time.
All she knew was the Sarah who called in the allegations said she was 5”4, with blond hair, 16 years old, with a baby.
Of the 15 women, 5 said their names were Sarah.
Some of the women said they knew the Sarah they were looking for, said she was 16 and had a baby. They didn’t know where she was now.
Then, girls said they didn’t know their birth dates.
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