Wednesday, June 16

Mummified remains of leader of religious group Love Has Won discovered


(CNN) — Seven people were arrested after authorities last week found the mummified remains of a woman who was the leader of a controversial religious group inside a rural home in Colorado.

An arrest affidavit from the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) said police officers searched a home in Moffat last Wednesday after a man who lived there told police he returned to the residence and found the woman’s body inside.

Moffat is located in the San Luis Valley, about 289 kilometers southwest of Denver.

The man, who is believed to be a follower of the religious group Love Has Won, told police that the dead woman was known to him as “Lia Carlson”.

He described her as the leader of the group and told officers that she “calls herself ‘Mother God,'” according to the affidavit.

Various media reports on Love Has Won identify the group’s leader as Amy Carlson. It is unclear why the man referred to her as “Lia” to law enforcement.

Carlson was missing her eyes when discovered by officers at the home, according to the affidavit.

“The mummified remains appeared to be placed in some kind of shrine,” SCSO said.
The woman had been dead for at least four weeks, according to the coroner.

The man told officers he believed that five of the seven people brought the woman’s body from California to her residence in Colorado, and that they showed up at her home looking for a place to stay. When he discovered the mummified woman, he tried to leave, but initially the people inside the house did not allow him, according to court documents.

Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin told CNN the woman had been dead for at least four weeks, and his office received dental records Tuesday that he hopes to use to confirm Carlson’s identity.

The SCSO received “many complaints from families within the United States” about the Love Has Won group, including allegations of brainwashing and money theft, according to the affidavit.

The group has members from all over the world, according to authorities.

No one could be reached as a representative of the Love Has Won group on Tuesday and their Facebook page and official website appeared to be down.

The seven individuals arrested were charged with abusing a corpse. Also for two counts of child abuse, as two minors were found in the house, according to the arrest affidavits.

I don’t know what to make of all this. I have never seen a group of people so indifferent to a dead person in their room, “said Saguache County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Steve Hansen to KUSA, affiliate of CNN.

It is unclear how Carlson died, and none of the detainees have been charged with a crime related to his death. The man who went to the police has also not been charged with any crime.

All seven are currently being held at the Rio Grande County Jail, Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick told CNN.


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