Karen Apprill’s 55-year-old son Jeffrey Apprill had been admitted to an area hospital that same day, and Karen Apprill had not been in contact with anyone for more than a week, according to the sheriff’s office. Jeffrey Apprill had been Karen’s caregiver.
Deputies entered the residence and found a decomposing body. Detectives believed the body, later identified as Karen Apprill, had been deceased for seven to 10 months.
Detectives said statements and physical evidence established probable cause to arrest Jeffrey Apprill.
On July 13, 2021, deputies arrested Jeffrey Apprill and charged him with tampering with a deceased human body; criminal exploitation of an at-risk person; negligence; caretaker neglect; and concealing a death.
KDVR-TV reports Karen Apprill’s body was found on a bed in the master bedroom, and evidence suggested she had been locked in the room.
KDVR reports Jeffrey Apprill has admitted to placing large bags of ice on his mother’s deceased body every few days.
Deputies reportedly also found several handwritten notes from mother to son, according to KDVR, including one that read: “Why did I have to work so hard to starve to death, Jeff. Thanks for nothing to eat.”