Audrey Carey, 23, of Canada was found dead in Golden Gate Park Saturday. Her death is being investigated as a homicide. (Courtesy SFPD)

Police release image of Canadian woman found dead in Golden Gate Park

In an effort to aid in their homicide investigation, San Francisco police have released a picture of a 23-year-old Canadian woman found dead Sunday in Golden Gate Park.

Audrey Carey, 23, was found face down with blunt force trauma to her head, said police.

Carey’s body was discovered by a passerby around 9:15 a.m. near Bernice Rodgers Way and John F. Kennedy Drive, close to the Golden Gate Park Golf Course, authorities said. Police and paramedics arrived afterward.

Carey was found about two hours before Saturday’s first act performed at Hardly Strictly. It’s believed she attended the festival Friday night.

Few other details have been released surrounding Carey’s death. She was one of two homicide victims in The City this weekend, police said.

A family friend told the San Francisco Examiner that Carey was backpacking across the West Coast from her hometown outside of Montreal, Quebec, and was in the San Francisco area for the last week of her approximately two-­week trip.

Benoit Huot, a family friend who emailed the San Francisco Examiner after learning of Carey’s death, called it a “horrible murder.”

“I was on messenger with her [mother] yesterday night,” Huot wrote. “She just wrote to me ‘my daughter was found dead.’”

Huot said Carey’s mother was shocked. Carey, of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, a suburb of Montreal, is described as a “hippie on the side” and “full of life.”

Huot said authorities told Carey’s mother that police found a cellphone and identification on the body. But to identify the body officially, they had to compare dental records, he added.

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