Deputies investigate homicide on hiking trail in Marin County, people of interest identified

The persons of interest.
The persons of interest.


UPDATE: Wednesday, 11:05 – Police have released a photo of a third person of interest connected to the homicide of the hiker in Marin County. suspect

UPDATE 5:46 P.M.: KRON has obtained the pictures of two of three people of interest in the area of the homicide.

Here are videos of the people of interest:

The hiker has been identified as Steve Carter, a therapist who founded the Lake County-based Ecstatic Living Institute along with his wife, Lokita Carter, in 1999.

He is an American citizen originally from Costa Rica. He was a prominent therapist who recently moved back to California to care for his cancer-stricken wife.

Steve and Lokita Carter had moved to Costa Rica in December, selling their business, home and all of their belongings. But Lokita Carter was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and they moved back so she could get treatment at the Marin Cancer Institute in Greenbrae, according to Lokita Carter’s personal blog.

They celebrated their 17th anniversary in the midst of her cancer treatments and Lokita Carter wrote, “Steve has been amazing — unflappable in his love, patience, caring and support.”

“The side effects of chemotherapy can knock down even the best mediator, the most docile patient, and Steve has been nothing but exemplary, loving, kind, patient,” Lokita Carter wrote.

She said he had been going to yoga daily and for two-hour walks with their dog. Their business was widely renowned, providing instruction in tantric massage and yoga. They released instructional DVDs together and gave trainings throughout the U.S. and in Central America.

Among other locations, they gave workshops at Harbin Hot Springs, which was recently destroyed in the Valley Fire. As she blogged about her treatment, Lokita Carter has been raising money for her cancer treatments at

The Marin County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information about the case to call (415) 473-7265.

MARIN COUNTY (KRON) – A 67-year-old white man was fatally shot on a hiking trail in Marin County, according to Marin County sheriff’s Lieutenant Doug Pittman.

A hiker discovered a dead body on the Old Railroad Grade hiking trail south of Fairfax on Monday around 6 p.m.

Authorities from the Marin County Sheriff’s Office arrived to the scene around 7:45 p.m. Monday where they began to investigate the homicide.

The victim was shot multiple times, according to Pittman.

Authorities said the man was going out for a hike with this dog when the incident occurred.

His dog, a Doberman Pinscher, was also shot but survived.

The victim’s car may have been stolen by the suspect, according to Pittman. Authorities are now looking for a 2003 Silver Volkswagon Jetta Hatchback with California license plate #6PPG662.

Pittman believes that the victim was visiting and was not a resident of Marin County.

The homicide is still under investigation.

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