Arrests Made in Death Near Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

Three people described as drifters were arrested in Oregon Oct.9 in connection with the death of a young Canadian woman whose body was found in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park during the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival the previous weekend. They are also suspected in another murder in nearby Marin County two days later.

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Audrey Carey, 23, of Quebec had told her family she was embarking on an adventure and decided she would go to for the first time to the United States and then make her way to Europe, her great uncle, Rejean Carey, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Tuesday.

“She wanted to travel. It was her first trip,” the great uncle said in French, when reached by telephone.

He didn’t know when Carey left Canada, but he said she planned to make the western United States the first leg of her journey.

A passer-by discovered her body Saturday morning, following the first day of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, and called police, said Officer Albie Esparza, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department.

Officers responded, and paramedics declared her dead at the scene, Esparza said. There was evidence of trauma to her body, he said.

Esparza said it was unclear if the woman attended the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park on Friday night. Her body was found several hours before the first act of the concert went on stage Saturday.

Yoga instructor Steve Carter, 67, was discovered dead on Monday near a popular hiking trail in Marin County across the Golden Gate Bridge. He had been shot multiple times while walking his dog.

Authorities identified the suspects as Morrison Haze Lampley, 23; Sean Michael Angold, 24; and Lila Scott Alligood, 18. They were being held without bail in Oregon, and it was unclear if any of them are represented by a lawyer.

They were arrested Wednesday at a soup kitchen in Portland, Oregon. San Francisco police say the stolen gun was recovered during the arrest, and they believe it’s the weapon used to fatally shoot Carey and Carter. San Francisco¬†police also said the suspects were in possession of Carter’s car and some of Carey’s camping gear was found inside it.