How did Love Has Won cult leader “Mother God” die?

The Saguache County coroner has identified a woman found dead inside a home used by the Love Has Won cult as Amy Carlson, the group’s leader, but he’s not yet been able to determine her cause of death because of the need for complicated lab testing.

Carlson’s identity recently was confirmed through a DNA test, Coroner Tom Perrin said. However, he does not know when the autopsy report will be finished because he cannot find a laboratory to test her body for heavy metals.

The cult used electrolysis to break down metals into various solutions that its members sold online as health aids, he said. Authorities want to know if Carlson had been ingesting those substances.

In the months before her death, followers had said Carlson, 45, was sick with cancer and was paralyzed, although her family believes she was never treated by a medical doctor to confirm those ailments.

“I watched some of their YouTube videos. It seems like they were claiming it would cure certain things or improve your health,” Perrin said.

Carlson’s body was discovered in a home in Moffat on April 28 after a cult member went to the Salida Police Department to report a dead body. Saguache County sheriff’s deputies found Carlson’s mummified remains covered in a sleeping bag and wrapped in Christmas lights with glitter makeup painted around her eye sockets.

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. But her mother and other observers who try to dispel the cult’s instruction believe she ultimately became a victim of her own teachings.

Investigators believe Carlson died in California and that some of her followers drove her body to the Colorado compound after her death.

Four of those followers were charged with tampering with a deceased human body and three were charged with abuse of a corpse. All seven also were charged with two misdemeanor counts of child abuse because two children were inside the house when Saguache County sheriff’s deputies arrived to investigate.

Since the arrests, the Saguache County district attorney dismissed charges against one person. The other cases remain pending in court. The cult members have split into different groups since Carlson’s death, with one branch rebranding itself as 5D Full Disclosure, and that group continues to sells its “magical colloidal elixirs” on its website.

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