Three 'satanic cult members' arrested for alleged murder in chilling 'human sacrifice'
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Three men, who authorities believe are 'satanic cult members' have been arrested in Texas, US, after the alleged murder of 36-year-old Sarah Hopson.
According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Sarah's head had been bashed in with a rock, her body was wrapped up in a carpet, and her fingers, toes, and ears had been chopped off and put in a plastic bag.
This week, Ethan Kyle Myers, 26, was arrested in connection with Sarah's death after two people, who have also been arrested, told police to check up on Sarah.
Local reports claim that Allen Price and Teresa Louviere told police: "Ethan Myers had done something to Sarah Hopson."
Mr Price also supposedly claimed that Ethan had been getting involved in 'cult activity.'
Police aren't yet sure how Ethan Myers and Sarah knew each other.
After searching, officers found equipment that had been used to clean up the scene including towels, wash rags, and cleaning product containers, as well as a pair of jeans with Ethan's ID card in the pocket, CBS 19 reports.
In his car, investigators discovered plastic bags, a shovel, a gallon of gasoline, a hammer, and a large rock smelling like gasoline - the tip of the rock matched the wounds on Sarah's head, police noted.
They also noted that the bedroom appeared to be freshly painted and spotted a razor knife, several wrenches on a chest of drawers, paint brushes and paint cans, and a bag with paint and cleaning supplies.
An affidavit seen by CBS showed that there were 'wiping marks' on the walls, as well as handprints on the freshly painted door.
Allen Price and Teresa Louviere have also been arrested by police for tampering with physical evidence and intent to impair a human course, with both being held behind bars on a $250,000 bond.
Meanwhile, Ethan Myers has been charged with murder and evading arrest, and is being held at the Shelby County Jail on a $1.25 million bond.
It's unclear whether or not he really was linked to the Church of Satan, or a version of it.
According to the official website of the Church of Satan, those who follow it do not perform sacrifices of any sort.
"The only people who perform sacrifices are those who believe in supernatural beings who would consider a sacrifice to be some form of payment for a request or form of worship", their statement reads.
"Since we do not believe in supernatural beings there is no reason for a Satanist to make a sacrifice of any sort."