A Michigan man was arrested after a woman’s dismembered body was found in the basement of his home, police said.
Jared James Chance, 29, was charged Tuesday with mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual after police in Grand Rapids responded to a Franklin Street home on Sunday after they were alerted to suspicious activity, Sgt. Dan Adams told reporters Tuesday.
Responding officers then searched the two-unit home and found partial remains of what appeared to be a woman, Adams said. Chance was located in an upstairs apartment and detained.
“The investigation is still ongoing,” Adams told reporters. “It’s a very sensitive investigation. We ask for the public’s patience and support. Anyone with information is highly encouraged to contact investigators, or Silent Observer at http://www.silentobserver.org.”
Adams declined to comment on other evidence found in the residence, as well as the condition of the woman’s body. It was unclear how long she had been deceased prior to being discovered, he said.
Adams also declined to indicate whether Chance — who was also charged as a habitual fourth-time offender, making him eligible for life in prison if convicted — is cooperating with authorities.
Chance has at least three prior felony convictions, MLive.com reports, citing Michigan Department of Corrections data. He was convicted in 2016 of possessing a controlled substance and was convicted years earlier of resisting and obstructing police.
A Grand Rapids detective said Tuesday that investigators found “several areas of blood” inside Chance’s apartment, as well as “articles that could have been used to dismember a human body,” according to testimony from a hearing to issue the felony warrants against Chance.
The detective testified that body parts were found outside a stairway leading to Chance’s second-floor apartment, MLive.com reports.
Chance is expected to be arraigned sometime Wednesday, Daniels said.
Michigan State Police will now work to identify the victim, who was described as an “acquaintance” of Chance’s who is missing. The detective did not identify the woman, but relatives of a missing Kalamazoo woman, 31-year-old Ashley Young, told WWMT that she and Chance knew each other and they were called to meet with police investigators late Sunday.
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