Steve Carter, 67, was found dead on a well-travelled hiking trial
Credit: Courtesy Ecstatic Living Institute Facebook

Three drifters have been taken into custody in connection with the death of a tantra yoga teacher, who was found shot to death on a California hiking trail.

Steve Carter, 67, was found dead Monday on the well-travelled hiking trial in the Loma Alta Open Space Preserve just north of Fairfax, California, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Twitter.

Carter was walking his dog when he was gunned down in cold blood, according to an online post written by his wife, Lokita. His dog was also shot, and still hooked to a leash that was tightly secured around Carter’s lifeless wrist. The canine survived the shooting, and is being treated by veterinarians.

“I am beyond devastated,” Lokita writes online; she could not be reached Wednesday for comment. “His senseless and shocking death is incomprehensible to all of us, and this time is the most difficult.”

Carter’s online biography claims he has been teaching yoga for over a decade. In 1999, he and his wife, Lokita, founded the Ecstatic Living Institute in Middletown, California, where they provided tantric training sessions for couples.

Video from nearby security cameras led police to three suspects, who were arrested Wednesday in Oregon after officials used GPS technology to locate Carter’s stolen car, the Associated Press reports. Authorities identified them as Sean Michael Angold, 24, Morrison Haze Lampley, 23, and Lila Scott Allgood, 18.

According to the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, the three suspects are drifters and have no permanent addresses. They were found at a dining hall that serves meals to the homeless, according to ABC 7.

They have not been charged with a crime.

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