Authorities arrested several people after the mummified body of a leader of the spiritual group “Love Has Won” was found wrapped in a sleeping bag and decorated with Christmas lights in a house in southern Colorado.

Amy Carlson, 45, known as “Mother God” to her followers, was found dead in a home in the small rural town of Moffat on Wednesday, April 28, according to arrest affidavits of seven people, each of whom is accused of abuse of a corpse.

A follower told investigators he knew the woman as Lia Carlson, and a Saguache County Sheriff’s deputy wrote in the affidavits that Carlson is believed to be the leader of the group. It is unclear why the follower provided Lia’s name.

The follower, who has not been charged, told investigators that he had taken in a group of people who needed a place to stay, and found the body in a back room when he returned home Wednesday from a trip to Denver. He reported the discovery to police and said he believed the group had transported Carlson’s body home from California.

“The mummified remains appeared to be placed in some kind of shrine” and “have what appears to be bright makeup around their eyes,” according to the affidavits. Investigators searched a pickup truck on the property and said the rear seat was positioned “consistent with someone carrying the mummified remains.”

The Saguache County Coroner’s Office 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 who were arrested also face child abuse charges.

According to the affidavits, the sheriff’s office has received many complaints from families across the country that “Love Has Won” is brainwashing people and stealing their money.

Carlson’s followers believe he communicated with the angels and was leading them to a great awakening, The Denver Post reported Monday. The group, which was established in southern Colorado in 2018, offers “intuitive spiritual ascension sessions” and sells spiritual healing products online.

Categorized in: