SAN FRANCISCO—On Tuesday, October 6, authorities identified the body of a young woman who was found dead in Golden Gate Park.
On Sunday, October 4, around 9:15 a.m., a passerby found the body of 23-year-old Audrey Carey, a young backpacker from a city in the province of Quebec, Canada called Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, noted San Francisco Police Department Spokesman Albie Esparza.
It was discovered that Carey was in San Francisco to attend the 15th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. The festival is a free annual event, founded by Warren Hellman, which began back in 2001. Bluegrass is a musical form that encompasses American roots and country and gains its influence from the music of the Appalachians and African-Americans.
Authorities report that Carey’s death may have occurred during the festival, which concluded on October 3, and that there were hundreds of thousands of people present at the park at the time of Carey’s death.
The cause of death was ruled as blunt force trauma to the head, so authorities are treating the case as a homicide.
Carey’s cellphone and documents were found on her body, which helped authorities identify her. Official identification was done by comparing her dental records; documents and a cellphone are not considered sufficient enough evidence that the body found was indeed Carey’s.
Her family has been notified of her death. The SPFD is still investigating the case. No known suspects or witnesses to Carey’s death have been disclosed to the public.
The SFPD is asking those who have any information that can lead to a successful conclusion to this case to contact the SFPD. The Anonymous Tip Line is (415) 575-4444, or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.