Mummified remains of a US spiritual leader discovered in a Colorado house.
Authorities have detained multiple individuals following the discovery of the mummified corpse of the leader of the US spiritual community Love Has Won wrapped in a sleeping bag and festooned with Christmas lights in a southern Colorado home.
Amy Carlson, 45, dubbed "Mother God" by her fans, was discovered dead on April 28 in a home in the tiny rural town of Moffat, according to arrest affidavits for seven people charged with corpse rape.
A follower identified the woman as Lia Carlson, and in the affidavits, a Saguache County sheriff's corporal stated that Carlson is thought to be the group's leader. It is unknown why the follower used the given name Lia.
The follower, who has not been charged, told police he took in a group of people in need of a place to stay and discovered the body in a back bedroom upon his return from a trip to Denver on Wednesday. He notified police of the discovery and stated that he assumed the party moved Carlson's body from California to his house.
“The mummified remains seemed to have been arranged in a shrine.” "and "are wearing what appears to be glitter-type makeup around the eyes," the affidavits state.
On the property, investigators searched an SUV and discovered the back seat was in a location "consistent with someone transporting the mummified remains."
Carlson's cause of death and manner of death have not been released by the Saguache County coroner's office.
Two children were present at the time — a 13-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy — and the seven people arrested face additional child abuse charges.
According to the affidavits, the sheriff's office has received "numerous calls" from families nationwide claiming "Love Has Won." "is brainwashing and robbing citizens.
Carlson's followers believe she spoke with angels and was guiding them toward a great awakening, according to Monday's Denver Post.
The company, which began operations in southern Colorado in 2018, provides online spiritual healing sessions and sells spiritual healing goods.