DENVER (AP) — A coroner in southern Colorado has not yet been able to determine what caused the death of a spiritual leader whose mummified body was found decorated with Christmas lights and glitter in what appeared to be a shrine.
Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin told The Denver Post he doesn't know when Amy Carlson's autopsy will be finished because he can't find a lab to test her body for heavy metals. Carlson's group, Love Has Won, used electrolysis to break down metals into various solutions that its members sold online as health aids.
Authorities want to know if Carlson had been ingesting those substances.
Carlson’s body was discovered in a home in Moffat on April 28, and a member of the group reported it to police. Sheriff’s deputies found her mummified remains covered in a sleeping bag and wrapped in Christmas lights with glitter makeup painted around her eye sockets.
Investigators believe Carlson died in California, and some of her followers then drove her body to the group's Colorado compound.
Four of those followers were charged with tampering with a deceased human body, and three were charged with abuse of a corpse. Prosecutors have since dismissed charges against one person, and the other cases are pending in court.
Carlson, known as Mother God by dozens who followed her in-person and online, had for years predicted she would ascend to a “fifth dimension” to save humanity.