Spiritual leader’s mummified remains found in Colorado home
SAGUACHE COUNTY, Colo. (KKTV) - Seven people are facing charges ranging from abuse of a corpse to child abuse after the mummified body of a religious leader was found inside a southern Colorado home.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News sister station CBS Denver, investigators searching the Crestone home found the remains of a woman decorated with Christmas lights and encased in a sleeping bag. Her eyes were dressed up with glitter makeup. A sergeant described the display as “some kind of shrine.”
The deceased is believed to be Amy Carlson, the founder and leader of religious group “Love Has Won.” The controversial organization has been called a cult by some, including by former members, and featured in a recent episode of VICE News series “False Gods.” Carlson is known as “Mother God” to her followers.
Investigators say it was one of the followers who tipped off the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office to the remains last week. He also alleged the group was holding his toddler son and wouldn’t let the child leave. Court papers say a 2-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were found sleeping in the same home where the decaying remains were recovered.
Ryan Kramer, Christopher Royer, Sarah Rudolph, Karin Raymond, Jason Castillo, John Robertson and Obdulia Franco were arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse and two counts of child abuse.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will release an official identification and cause of death following an autopsy.
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