DENVER—The mummified body of the leader of a New Age sect discovered by law enforcement last week near Crestone, Colorado, had been positioned in a shrine and seemed to be lacking its eyes, arrest affidavits reveal.
When investigators arrived Wednesday, the stays had “…what appears to be glitter type makeup on around the eyes,” in line with Corporal Steve Hanson of the Saguache County Sheriff Office.
The paperwork, obtained by The Daily Beast, additionally describe the physique—believed to be that of 45-year-old Amy Carlson, identified to her followers as “Mother God”—as being adorned with Christmas tree lights. The group in query, “Love Has Won,” (LHW) has beforehand been described by each followers and regulation enforcement as a “cult.”
Sheriff’s deputies discovered the physique within the LHW headquarters in rural Saguache county simply earlier than midnight on Wednesday. Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick mentioned in an interview on Monday that the physique was “cared for,” and that the eyes have been lacking due to decomposition.
Carlson’s son, Cole, informed The Daily Beast that he had been anticipating his mom’s loss of life for fairly a while.
“It’s not a great thing, but hopefully this brings an end to the Love Has Won debacle,” he mentioned in an interview Monday. “I hope the damage stops now.”
“My problem is that the cult didn’t get her help,” Carlson’s sister, Chelsea Renninger, added, “They let her die.”
The Saguache County Sheriff’s workplace was responding to a tip from a person named Miguel Lamboy, a suspected member of the group, when it visited the headquarters Wednesday. According to an affidavit, Lamboy informed them “…it was obvious that Ms.Carlson was dead because her eyes were missing. Mr. Lamboy stated that the body appeared to be mummified with Ms. Carlson’s teeth exposed through the lips.”
Lamboy additionally mentioned he believed the mummified stays had been delivered to Colorado from California.
Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin informed The Daily Beast on Monday that he had not been capable of formally establish the corpse by way of fingerprints as a result of it’s so badly decomposed. But he added that he was working to make use of dental data to get an identification, and estimated that the particular person had been useless since someday in March.
Perrin mentioned in an e mail that he has not dominated out foul play, but “that he will not know for sure until the autopsy has been completed.”
Perrin described the scene the place Carlson’s physique was discovered as “very decorated with murals on the walls and Christmas lights all around,” including that he suspected Carlson was ingesting colloidal silver.
Sure sufficient, Cole mentioned he final spoke to his mom by way of Skype, and that on the time, she informed him she had most cancers and was consuming one grilled cheese a day, but that he suspected one thing worse.
“I know she was taking huge amounts of colloidal silver,” Cole informed The Daily Beast. He added that his mom informed him they have been promoting the silver as a treatment for coronavirus beneath a enterprise generally known as Gaia’s Whole Healing Essentials, LLC, but that the FDA made them stop.
When they visited the Love Has Won HQ, a cell dwelling, late Wednesday, deputies with the Saguache County Sheriff’s workplace additionally discovered two youngsters, ages 13 and a pair of, quick asleep. The Saguache County Sheriff’s workplace confirmed that the 13-year-old has been positioned with social providers. According to the arrest document, the two-year-old belongs to Lamboy, who couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Seven members of the “cult” have been taken into custody on varied prices, together with baby abuse and abuse of a corpse. No one has been charged in reference to Carlson’s loss of life.
When Lamboy alerted regulation enforcement to Carlson’s physique, he informed them that her identify was “Lia.” But former LHW member Andrew Profaci informed The Daily Beast that Carlson had not less than half a dozen totally different names; he additionally advised she could have had some sort of relationship with Lamboy.
“She used that name early on before I joined the team, but she was still using it when her and Miguel were together,” mentioned Profaci.
“She never used the name ‘Amy.’ If you called her Amy you were dissing her. You were saying she’s not Mother God. Amy Carlson as far as she was concerned was nobody.”
Love Has Won has not publicly introduced that Carlson has died, and as a substitute have used their very own language to explain her passing. On Sunday, Bobby Barbara, a LHW member, did a Facebook dwell proclaiming, “She has not passed away. She ascended. Her essence left her body.”
She went on to explain a horrific loss of life “…like Lou Gehrig’s Parkinsons, where her whole body was paralyzed but her brain was fully functioning.”
After being reached on Facebook, Barbara declined to remark, saying “Does it matter? You’re not going to tell the truth anyway.” An individual reached at a telephone quantity beforehand listed on a now-defunct Love Has Won web site advised the group had been “dissolved” and declined to remark for this story.
Carlson’s household says they don’t consider a lot of what LHW claims relating to her loss of life. “To find out that she was dead for that long without finding out she was dead is concerning,” mentioned Renninger.
The final time they heard from Carlson was in January when one other sister, Tara Flores, spoke along with her on the telephone, she informed The Daily Beast.
“She said she was in a lot of pain and that she was at peace,” Flores mentioned. After that, the household texted with Carlson, but they mentioned they may by no means make sure that the particular person on the opposite finish was her.
The Love Has Won web site went offline over the weekend, but their Facebook web page stays lively. The group has a “Daily Energy Update” during which members focus on what they discuss with as “divine decrees” and now share outdated movies of Carlson.
On Wednesday afternoon, the jailed alleged sect members can have their first day in Saguache County courtroom. Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Jason Castillo, Obdulia Franco Gonzalez, Christopher Royer, and Sarah Raymone have been every being held on two counts of kid abuse and one depend of tampering with a deceased human physique.
A seventh defendant, Karin Raymond, was being held on two counts of kid abuse, one depend of tampering with a deceased human physique, and one depend of false imprisonment. At one level, Lamboy informed investigators upon discovering the physique, he was not allowed to depart the LHW headquarters along with his son.
Sheriff Warwick mentioned that the seven defendants have public defenders from Colorado’s 12th Judicial District assigned to them. The attorneys couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
For his half, Warwick mentioned he had by no means had any bother with the group earlier than. “They’ve always been very polite,” he mentioned. “There have been no criminal issues.”
Family members who say they’ve misplaced family to LHW are watching with curiosity, hopeful that regulation enforcement had intervened in a drama they may not management.
“I’m sad. Largely, she was still my mom,” mentioned Carlson’s son Cole.
Still, he added, “It’s super weird to tell people, ‘My mom thinks she’s a God.’”