Two people are facing murder charges after the mother of one of the suspects was found buried in a 55-gallon drum in Kingman, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Carrie Conlyn Vanover, 23, and Anthony Baldanado Jr., 31, arrested last Friday and booked on charges of first-degree murder of Shawn Maureen Vanover, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim was the mother of Carrie Vanover, officials said.

The arrests came after the agency received information about a homicide that occurred in April, the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.

After conducting surveillance, the  Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and detectives obtained a search warrant for a property. During the search, they found the body of the victim in a 55-gallon drum that was buried in a shallow grave in the backyard of the house, police said. 

Carrie Vanover and Baldanado were arrested and booked into the Mohave County Adult Detention Facility. 

An autopsy of the victim was pending to confirm her identity and determine how she died, but officials, in the statement, said the victim is believed to be Vanover.

Further details were not made available. The investigation is ongoing. 

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