Deputies in Colorado recently discovered the mummified remains of a controversial religious leader on a bed in a sleeping bag decorated with Christmas lights — and now seven of her followers are under investigation.
Investigators believe the followers drove the body of Amy Carlson, 45, from California to a home in Moffat, according to an arrest affidavit from the Saguache County Sheriff’s Office.
“Ms. Carlson is believed to be the leader of ‘Love Has Won’ and goes by the name ‘Mother God,’” deputies wrote in the report, noting that “the mummified remains,” which had glitter makeup around the eyes, “appeared to be set up in some type of shrine.”
Saguache County Coroner Tom Perrin said the middle-aged woman could must have been dead for “a couple of weeks or more,” The Denver Post reported.
Deputies made the grisly discovery after a father who is a member of Love Has Won reported Carlson’s death to authorities.
On April 28, the day the body was found, seven people in the home were arrested for investigation of abuse of a corpse and child abuse, according to the arrest affidavit.
Saguache County Department of Social Services took custody of a 13-year-old girl and a 2-year-old boy was returned to the father’s care.
On May 1, one follower wrote on the religious group’s Facebook page that Carlson “has ascended” and “she is indeed happy now,” according to The Denver Post, which reported the woman’s followers believed she could communicate with angels since childhood and would guide them to a great awakening.
“Mom had told us All this was coming, She prepared the team and All who feel Her for these MOMents sharing frequently stories of 2008 when the Galactics took Mom to the ships and shared with Her this was a death mission,” the follower wrote, asking for respect while members grieved.
“We thank everyone for their Full Surrender to the Divine Plan. Mom will give you the next step in Your Heart in every Present MOMent you’re there, MOM ENTers. The team are respectfully honoring the process law enforcement require and we are grateful for their diligence in protecting Humanity. Mom deeply loves Our law enforcement officers as She does each and everyone of Her children,” the Facebook statement reads.
The Saguache County Sheriff’s Office noted they have received multiple complaints from families across the United States saying the group is “brainwashing people and stealing their money,” the affidavit stated.
The seven people under investigation were being held at the Rio Grande County Jail in Del Norte.