In an exclusive interview with NBC’s Date line, the sheriff who discovered the body spoke out after prosecutors dropped charges for the morbid ritual.
Saguache County Sheriff Dan Warwick Tells Date line‘s Keith Morrison, the group were burning sage in the room and covering Mrs Carlson with essential oils to “reduce the smell” when they found her.
In a preview of the two-hour Friday night special, Mr Warwick said the group did indeed worship the mummified corpse.
“Wow, I mean it’s just [you] shake and go wow. There isn’t much more I can say. I’ve been doing this for 26 years. I used to say I saw it all. I don’t say that anymore, ”he said.
Seven members of the spiritual cult were arrested after the rotting body of Ms. Carlson, 45, was found at the group’s headquarters in Colorado in April.
They were charged with child abuse because two minors were inside the home, but the Saguache County prosecutor later dropped all charges.
Mr Warwick told Dateline they should have been charged with corpse abuse after they searched the cult headquarters on April 29 and found Ms Carlson dead, mummified and covered in Christmas lights with eyes decorated with glitter.
Investigators believed Ms Carlson had died elsewhere and was flown to Colorado, possibly from California.
MPs arrested “Father God” Juan Castillo, as well as members Ryan Kramer, John Robertson, Karin Raymond, Christopher Royer, Sara Rudolph and Ma obdulia Franco Gonzalez.
Saguache County Sheriff’s Office “Probable Causes Statement in Support of Warrantless Arrest” obtained by The independent, said police were informed of Ms Carlson’s death by a member of the group, Miguel Lamboy, also known as “Archangel Michael Silver”.
“Mr. Lamboy said Ms. Carlson’s skin appeared to be gray in color and her eyes were glassy or missing. Mr Lamboy said it was obvious Ms Carlson was dead because her eyes were missing, ”the statement said.
“Mr. Lamboy said the body appeared to be mummified with Ms. Carlson’s teeth exposed through the lips. Mr Lamboy said Ms Carlson was wrapped in a cloth. “
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