Son Kept Ice Bags on Mother's Dead Body for Over 7 Months in Locked Bedroom

A man who was arrested after police found the decomposing body of his mother at a house in Colorado had tried to preserve her body for months with ice, according to an affidavit.

Jeffrey Apprill, 55, was arrested by Boulder County Sheriff's Office deputies on July 13, on charges related to the death of his 78-year-old mother Karen Apprill.

The body of Karen Apprill was found on August 28, 2020 after deputies conducted a welfare check at her home in the 3900 block of Bosque Court in unincorporated Boulder County after she had not been seen for more than a week.

Officers then found her body, with an autopsy describing its conditions as being in the advanced stages of decomposition and suffering both antemortem and postmortem trauma.

"Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and based upon initial observations it was believed the individual, later identified as Karen Apprill, had died seven to ten months prior to the discovery," the Boulder County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Jeffrey Apprill is charged with tampering with a deceased human body, criminal exploitation of an at-risk person (more than $500), at-risk negligence resulting in serious bodily injury, caretaker neglect against an at-risk person, and concealing a death.

According to an affidavit, seen by the Boulder Daily Camera, the 78-year-old's body was found under a blanket on the bed, surrounded by numerous empty 20-pound ice bags, with an ice chest nearby.

Jeffrey Apprill admitted to police that he put the bags of ice on his mother's body, claiming that she died after falling in the shower in March 2020 despite an autopsy suggesting she had been dead for seven to ten months.

A forensic pathologist and a forensic anthropologist found that the 78-year-old suffered rib fractures before the woman had died. Her body also had a number of bedsores that were so severe they had reached the bone, according to the affidavit.

Karen Apprill's body was found in such an advanced state of decomposition that the coroner's office was unable to determine a cause of death.

However, handwritten letters found at the home suggest that her son had been starving her.

"I guess to starve is one way to die. I thought you loved me," one letter said, via KDVR.

"Why did I have to work so hard to starve to death, Jeff. Thanks for nothing to eat," another said.

Deputies said that none of doors at the home had doorknobs, only deadbolts.

It is also alleged that Jeffrey Apprill was taking money from his mother's from pension, social security and other retirement accounts, amounting to more than $2,000 a month.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office has been contacted for an update.

Jeffrey Apprill
Jeffrey Apprill is accused of a number of offenses including of tampering with a deceased body and concealing a death. Boulder County Sheriff’s Office