Audrey Carey was found fatally wounded in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 3. The Medical Examiner's autopsy report also found wounds to her head and face. (Courtesy photo)

Audrey Carey was found fatally wounded in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 3. The Medical Examiner's autopsy report also found wounds to her head and face. (Courtesy photo)

Autopsy of Canadian woman killed in Golden Gate Park in October shows signs of beating, drug use

A Canadian backpacker who was shot and killed in Golden Gate Park last fall had drugs in her system and suffered multiple wounds to her head and face, according to a San Francisco Medical Examiner’s autopsy report released Tuesday.

The new details surrounding the killing of Audrey Carey, 23, suggest she may have been beaten before she was allegedly killed by three drifters who stand accused of her murder, in addition to the killing of a Marin County hiker.

While Carey had wounds to her face in addition to the gunshot wound, her hands were absent any marks that may have indicated attempts to ward off attack. A lime green nylon rope was found loosely tied around her left ankle, which raises unanswered questions about her death.

The autopsy determined there was methamphetamine in Carey’s urine and evidence of marijuana in her bloodstream. There was evidence of drug use at the crime scene, said the report, including clear baggies and used lighters.

Carey was found by a homeless man, according to the report, who approached a couple in order to use their cell phone and told them,“I think I found a dead body.”

Carey, who had come to San Francisco from her native Montreal on a backpacking trip, was found dead in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 3 and was believed to have been attending the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Days after her death, a man was killed on a hiking trail in Marin County. The culprits stole his car and were tracked north to Portland, Ore.

Authorities arrested the three drifters soon afterward. The trio — Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, Sean Michael Angold, 24, and Lila Scott Alligood, 18 — face murder charges with enhancements. They are being tried in Marin County Superior Court.

The three murder defendants remain in custody in Marin County Jail and are set for their next court date is May 9.

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