Michael Jackson Returning to Neverland

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Santa Barbara County officials are preparing for Michael Jackson's return to Neverland for a humongous memorial service there for his legions of fans. Fire department spokesman Capt. David Sadecki confirmed to the AP that fire officials, California Highway Patrol and county sheriffs officials were meeting Tuesday morning to discuss "the whole Michael Jackson thing."
TMZ has learned that Jackson's body will be driven to the property late Thursday morning. Law enforcement sources tell the site that a huge motorcade (30 cars) will trave from Los Angeles to Neverland.
Neverland is located in the rolling hills of central California's wine country, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
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At once a symbol of Jackson's success and excesses, Neverland became the site of a makeshift memorial after his death Thursday. Scores of fans have streamed past the gated entrance to leave handwritten notes, photographs, balloons and flowers.
He was 29 and at the height of his popularity when he bought the ranch, naming it after the mythical land of Peter Pan, where boys never grow up. There, he surrounded himself with animals, rides and children.
Jackson fled the ranch ? and the country ? after his acquittal on charges that he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor in 2003 at the estate after getting him drunk. Jackson moved luxury cars, artwork, jewelry, costumes and other property off the ranch last year for an auction that never occurred.
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