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$1M bond for mom, no bail for daughter in suspected Prescott murder

Briar Aven and Tara Aven (Prescott Police Photo)

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — A $1 million bond has been set for a Prescott woman accused in the suspected death of the family’s matriarch while the suspect’s daughter is being held without bail.

Prescott police arrested 46-year-old Tara Aven and 24-year-old Briar Aven after Tuesday’s discovery of a decomposed body believed to be 77-year-old Sandra Aven. (Update: Prescott police on April 16 said the body was positively identified as Sandra Aven, and that she was killed by blunt force trauma.)

The body was found in Sandra Aven’s home, which is adjacent to where her daughter and granddaughter live.

Police believe the victim might have been dead since late 2016.

They say the suspects allegedly cashed numerous checks sent to Sandra Aven for several years.

Yavapai County court officials say the women remain jailed on suspicion of first-degree murder, fraud schemes and other charges.

Public defenders have been appointed for the women, who have scheduled court appearances next week.

Editor’s note: Earlier versions of this story said Sandra Aven was killed in late 2017. On April 16, Prescott police changed their estimate to late 2016.

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