DENVER >> Authorities have arrested several people after the mummified body of the leader of the spiritual group “Love Has Won” was found wrapped in a sleeping bag and decorated with Christmas lights in a home in southern Colorado.
Amy Carlson, 45, who became known as “Mother God” by her followers, was found dead in a home in the small, rural town of Moffat on Wednesday, April 28, according to arrest warrants for seven people, each of whom is accused of abusing a body.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the group rented a house on Kauai in August last year, but ran into opposition from neighbors and decided to leave after the protests escalated.
“During their stay on Kauai, several protests, vandalism and small fires were reported,”
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A supporter told investigators he knew the woman as Lia Carlson, and a sheriff’s corporal in Saguache County wrote in the statements that Carlson is believed to be the leader of the group. It is unclear why the follower provided the name Lia.
The trailer, which is not charged, told investigators he had taken a group of people who needed a place to live and he found the body in a bedroom in the back when he returned home Wednesday after a trip to Denver. He reported the discovery to police and said he believed the group had transported Carlson’s body to its home from California.
“The mummified remains appeared to have been placed in some form of sanctuary” and “have what appears to be a glitter-type makeup around their eyes,” according to the statements made. Investigators searched an SUV on the property and said the rear seat was put down in a position “in accordance with someone transporting the mummified remains.”
The Sagsoache County Judiciary has not said when Carlson died and has not released the cause or manner of death.
Two children – a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy – were in the home at the time, and the seven people arrested are also facing charges of child abuse.
According to the statements, the sheriff’s office has received “many complaints” from families across the country who say “Love Has Won” brainwashes people and steals their money.
Carlson’s supporters believe she communicated with angels and that she led them to a great awakening, The Denver Post reported today. The group, established in southern Colorado in 2018, offers “spiritual intuitive ascension sessions” and sells spiritual healing products online.