It is unclear whether the remains discovered Monday are that of a missing Georgia boy, Abdul-Ghani Wahhaj.
One 8-year-old child said that all the adults in the compound had seen Abdul-Ghani deceased and that "Uncle Lucas" - an apparent reference to Morton - washed the body twice and buried it in either a tunnel deputies found around the compound or in the "toilet room".
On Friday, eight members of the Sheriff's office raided the compound and discovered the children, who were dressed in dirty rags.
CBS affiliate KRQE-TV reports that the malnourished children are in the custody of the state's Children, Youth and Families Department. Five adults who were living there face child abuse charges.
Not among them was 3-year-old AG Wahhaj, whose mother reported him missing from Georgia's Clayton County, officials said.
Once authorities became aware of the compound, they began efforts to identify people living there through surveillance, but neither Wahhaj nor the boy were identified by those images, Hogrefe said.
Following the rescue, Abdul-Ghani's mother told the authorities that Mr Wahhaj had wanted to perform an exorcism on their...
The boy's mother told authorities the boy suffers from seizures, can not walk because of severe medical issues, and requires constant attention.
The mother told police that Wahhaj took the boy for a trip to a park and never returned.
"We just figured they were doing what we were doing, getting a piece of land and getting off the grid", said Anderson, who moved to New Mexico from Seattle with his wife seven years ago.
The defendants include the father of a missing boy whose disappearance led authorities to raid the compound last week.
But at the time, the group told Alabama police they were headed to New Mexico for camping, and continued on their way.
The children ranging in age from 1 to 15 were removed from the compound in the small community of Amalia near the Colorado border.
Court records show a judge dismissed an eviction notice filed by Badger against Morton in June. "The records didn't provide further details on the judge's decision", the AP said.
Investigators believe one of the suspects owned an adjacent property but built the compound on the Badgers' property "by mistake", according to the affidavit for the search warrant.
The search at the compound came amid a two-month investigation in collaboration with Clayton County authorities and the FBI, according to Hogrefe. The FBI did not return a call for comment.
The message said simply: "We are starving and need food and water".
It is not clear who sent the message. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents refused to request a search warrant, but the Taos County Sheriff's Office moved quickly and took both men, one of which was heavily armed, into custody during an all-day raid Saturday.
This Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, photo released by Taos County Sheriff's Office shows Siraj Wahhaj.
Tyler Anderson of Amalia said Tuesday he had helped the newcomers install solar panels after they arrived in December.
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 Taos County sheriff identified the women facing charges as Jany Leveille, 35, Hujrah Wahhaj, 38, and Subhannah Wahhaj, 35. They were arrested in the town of Taos and booked into jail.
Taos County Solid Waste Department Director Edward Martinez, center, surveys property conditions at a disheveled living compound at Amalia, N.M., on August 7.