Cops: 3 Drifters Went on a California Killing Spree

Suspects in hiker's death tied to slaying of Canadian backpacker
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2015 6:52 AM CDT
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office photos show the three suspects who were arrested Wednesday in Portland, Ore., for the killing of Steve Carter.   (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/Portland police via AP)
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(Newser) – A 23-year-old Canadian backpacker was murdered by the same three drifters who killed a hiker found clutching the leash of his dog in Marin County, Calif., police say. When authorities caught up with Morrison Lampley, 23; Sean Angold, 24; and Lila Allgood, 18, at a Catholic church soup kitchen in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday, they say they not only found the gun that killed Steve Carter, 67, but also the property of Audrey Carey of Quebec. She was found dead in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park last Saturday, per the San Francisco Chronicle. Police initially said Carey, who had just set out on her first solo backpacking trip, suffered blunt force trauma to the head. However, a medical examiner later found the trauma was a gunshot wound, reports NBC Bay Area.

"The three suspects will be charged with the robbery and murder of Audrey Carey," a police rep adds. Police say the slayings were similar as both occurred in wooded or park areas. Carter, a tantra teacher and massage therapist, moved to Costa Rica in December with his wife to build their dream home but returned to California in July when his wife was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer. Carter had been staying with friends when he went out to walk his Doberman pinscher on a popular fire trail near Fairfax on Monday; police say his murder was a "crime of opportunity." Court records show Lampley previously pleaded guilty to the unlawful selling or receiving of a stolen vehicle. (Police tracked the three suspects using GPS.)

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