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St. Johns County Sheriff's Office calls arrest of Barbara Parchem's daughter's a sidebar issue

5:19 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The southern St. Johns County neighborhood off State Road 207 where Barbara Parchem lived is a quiet one. There are rose bushes, American flags and wind chimes in people's yards.

However, Parchem's disappearance, the discovery of her body in the woods and now her daughter's arrest for a weapons charge has neighbors like Bill Ouzts shaken up.

"Nothing like that has happened in this area as far as I know," Ouzts said, "and I've been here 21 years."

Investigators have not released the name of the person of interest in the case.

Parchem's daughter -- Lilly Ann Chavez, 43 -- was arrested this weekend when investigators working on Parchem's murder case say they learned Chavez had two guns in her possession. As a convicted felon for drug charges, she can't have those guns.

Commander Chuck Mulligan of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said the arrest is a sidebar to the murder investigation.

"Even though it is part of the investigation, it is separate in that Mrs. Parchem was not killed with a firearm," Mulligan said.

The Sheriff's Office said Parchem died from blunt force trauma.

As for the crime scene in Flagler Estates just barely inside Flagler County, a line of tires can be seen. Why were those tires there? Were they placed at the scene? Investigators are not saying anything about them.

"The manner in which Mrs. Parchem was found, we're not elaborating on that. We're not discussing how she was found or any materials nearby," Mulligan added.

People wanting answers are even calling The Village Inn in St. Augustine where Parchem waited tables. Staff say they want to stay professional and not stir up rumors.

Not knowing what happened to the woman known as Lil' Barb frustrates those who worked with and lived just down the street from her.

"That's really bothersome," Ouzts said. "I certainly hope something pops up pretty soon and that would explain a few things."

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