MARIN — Three suspects arrested on suspicion of killing a hiker on a Fairfax trail have been linked to the shooting death of a Canadian tourist in San Francisco”s Golden Gate Park, police said Thursday night.
Property belonging to the woman, Audrey Carey, was found with the suspects when they were arrested Wednesday in Oregon on the Marin County case, San Francisco police said.
Carey, 23, of Quebec was visiting San Francisco last weekend during a backpacking trip to the United States. On the morning of Oct. 3, a passerby found her body in Golden Gate Park. She had been shot to death, police said.
Two days later, in Marin, Steve Carter, 67, was fatally shot while walking his dog on the Old Railroad Grade trail on White”s Hill, just west of Fairfax. His car, a Volkswagen Jetta station wagon, was stolen.
When San Francisco police heard about the Fairfax murder, they contacted Marin sheriff”s investigators to look for similarities in the two cases. The agencies are now working together.
Marin detectives obtained a video surveillance image from Greenbridge Gas and Auto in Point Reyes Station that shows three people with Carter”s car about 30 minutes after the homicide. Investigators also obtained images of the three suspects from other sources, including surveillance cameras at a Fairfax 7-Eleven and a photo a citizen took of a man he thought was suspicious.
Investigators disseminated the images and potential leads starting pouring in, sheriff”s Lt. Doug Pittman said.
On Wednesday afternoon, with the help of unspecified GPS technology, investigators tracked Carter”s stolen vehicle to Portland, where they swooped in and arrested the three suspects outside a dining hall.
Investigators have said they recovered property belonging to Carey and the gun they believe was used to kill Carter.
The suspects have been identified as Sean Michael Angold, 24, Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18. Authorities said they have no fixed address.
The three have told officials they will not fight being transferred from Portland, where they have been held since their arrest, according to the Marin Sheriff”s Office.
San Francisco Police Department officials said Thursday night that the three “will be charged with the robbery and murder of Audrey Carey.”
Marin sheriff”s investigators were continuing to look for additional evidence and witnesses as they prepared their case for the Marin County District Attorney”s Office.
“I”m extremely proud of how so many citizens here in Marin have stepped up and became involved in aiding in our investigation, their support has been a true example of how a community can stand up and support one another in a time of need,” Pittman said.
Earlier Thursday, Pittman said there was no apparent connection between the suspects and Carter and the shooting appeared to be a “crime of opportunity.”
Carter”s survivors include his wife, Lokita. The couple recently moved to a friend”s home in San Geronimo so she could undergo treatment for breast cancer at the Marin Cancer Institute.
Before coming to Marin, the couple lived in Costa Rica and previously in Middletown, Lake County. In Middletown they ran a consulting business called Ecstatic Living Institute, offering tantric sex workshops, massage therapy and vacations for couples, and producing related DVDs and books.
The couple”s dog Coco was found next to Carter”s body, critically injured from gunshot wounds. She is being treated under the auspices of the Marin Humane Society.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.