Daughter of woman found dead arrested

Arrest not linked to Barbara Parchem's death

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St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Lilly Anne Chavez

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The daughter of a woman whose remains were found early this week after being missing for weeks was arrested, according to St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies.

Investigators are not linking the arrest to the homicide of her mother, 67-year-old Barbara Parchem.

Lilly Anne Chavez, of St. Augustine, is being held at the county jail on $400,000 bond after she was arrested on two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Department of Corrections records show she was convicted in 2008 for trafficking in stolen property, sale of synthetic narcotics, and attempted fraud. She served two years in prison.

Commander Chuck Mulligan with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said Chavez was arrested while detectives were investigating her mother's death. He said they found out she had a gun and was not allowed to by law.

The Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that human remains found Tuesday in northern Flagler County are those the woman who disappeared early last month. Parchem's manner of death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma.

The remains were found in the area of West Deep Creek near Flagler Estates -- about 18 miles from Parchem's home.

Investigators said a person of interest in the case has been identified, and detectives continue to question witnesses and examine evidence.

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said they're continuing to seek information in the case.

Anyone who has information about the case is asked to call Detective Jeremy Russell at 904-209-2193 or Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS (8477).

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