Father of Teen Dead in Peru Ritual Thinks Son Was Murdered

Father of Teen Dead in Peru Ritual Thinks Son Was Murdered
from pressdemocrat.com: A quest to find answers in the death of an 18-year-old Sebastopol man
who died at a Peruvian jungle retreat center took a new turn Monday
after his father raised more than $8,000 to bring his son’s body home
for an autopsy.  Kyle Josef Nolan died in late
August while participating in an “ayahuasca ritual” after taking a
psychoactive concoction used by Amazonian people for centuries. The
shaman, Jose Manuel Pineda, admitted to burying Nolan’s body after he
died during a hallucinogenic session, according to Peruvian news
accounts. Pineda and two
workers at the Shimbre Shamanic Center near Puerto Maldonado were
arrested on charges of homicide and illegally burying a body, according
to Nolan’s family. An
autopsy was conducted in Peru and yielded no cause of death. Toxicology
results, which could help pinpoint the cause of Nolan’s death, are
pending. But Kyle’s
father, Sean Nolan of Petaluma, said Monday. “I believe my son was
murdered because people don’t die from ingesting ayahuasca.”