Canadian Tourist's Death Following San Francisco Bluegrass Festival Ruled a Homicide

The San Francisco Police Department has issued a press release asking for the public to assist in solving the homicide of Canadian backpacker Audrey Carey. The 23-year-old's body was discovered by a passerby on Saturday morning in Golden Gate Park, where the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival was held Oct. 2-4.

Carey, who hails from St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, about 50km southeast of Montreal, is believed to have attended the free music festival on the Friday, reports say. Her body was found Saturday Oct. 3 near the Golden Gate Park Golf Course.

“On the morning of October 3, 2015 a passerby called police to check on the well-being of a female who was seen lying face down in Golden Gate Park near Chain of Lakes Drive and John F. Kennedy Drive,” the press release issued by the SFPD media relations unit states. “When officers and paramedics responded, they located the victim, identified as 23-year-old Audrey Carey of Quebec, Canada. Carey was declared deceased by paramedics. The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Carey’s death a homicide.”

Police are asking anyone who may recognize her or have come in contact with her to phone them at (415) 575-4444 or text-a-tip to TIP411 and begin the text with SFPD. Anonymity is assured.

Carey’s family was notified on Monday and issued a statement in French to the media:

“The family of Audrey Carey, who tragically died last Saturday while traveling in the San Francisco area, would like to thank the people who have expressed sympathy and support in the ordeal they are going through.

“Audrey was a young girl full of life and loved by all. The family now wishes to grieve in privacy and in private, and asked representatives of the media to please respect their will. The family does not want to give interview at the moment and will make no further comment.”

Billboard has reached out to The organizers of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and the San Francisco Police Dept. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.