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June 20, 2019

Arizona mother, daughter confess to killing grandma and cashing checks in her name for years: cops

April 15, 2019
Tara Aven and Briar Aven were charged with the murder of Sandra Aven. (Prescott Police / Prescott Police)

An Arizona mother and daughter who confessed to killing the family’s 77-year-old grandmother in late 2017 kept her body hidden inside her home for a year and a half as they continued to cash checks in her name, cops said.

Briar Aven, 24, and Tara Aven, 46, were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, fraud schemes and tampering with evidence in the death of Sandra Aven, Prescott police said. Tara was also slapped with an additional charge of facilitation of first-degree murder.


Cops were first alerted that something may be amiss when a concerned resident called Tuesday morning to say she hadn’t seen the elder Aven “in quite some time.”

When contacted by police, Briar told them that her grandmother “was out of town and unavailable.” Tara was then questioned, and police said she provided inconsistent information.

A concerned neighbor first called cops about Sandra Aven's whereabouts Tuesday.
A concerned neighbor first called cops about Sandra Aven’s whereabouts Tuesday. (Prescott Police / Prescott Police)

Based on both interviews, officers determined they had reasonable cause to enter the home of Sandra — where they found “an obviously deceased person.” A spokesman for the Prescott police department told the Daily News they believe the body is Sandra’s, but are waiting on the medical examiner to confirm.

After the discovery of the corpse, the mother-daughter duo confessed to murdering Sandra, cops said. They also allegedly admitted to cashing numerous monthly payment checks that belonged to the victim.

The two were booked into Yavapai County Jail Tuesday afternoon.


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