Suspect Charged after Mutilated Body Found in Southeast Grand Rapids

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The investigation continues as Grand Rapids Police Detectives work to identify the victim whose body was located Sunday night at a residence in the 900 block of Franklin St SE.Jared Chance

The call came in shortly before 4:30 pm on December 2, 2018, of a suspicious condition where foul play was believed to be involved. Officers responded and confirmed that there was a potential crime scene. Detectives were called in to investigate and the Special Response Team was called to search the home. After obtaining a search warrant, the 2 unit residence was searched for people. Inside the residence, one male resident was located in the upstairs apartment and he was detained.

The Grand Rapids Forensic Unit and Kent County Medical Examiner’s Office were called in to process the scene and preserve any potential evidence of a crime. Remains of a woman were discovered, however, the remains did not allow for investigators to identify the victim with traditional methods, so the investigation will be unique and add extra time to the investigative process.

The suspect that was detained from the home was interviewed and investigators believed they had probable cause to hold him at the Kent County Correctional Facility. On 12/4/2018 the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office charged 29-year-old Jared James Chance with two crimes.

Jared Chance has been charged with one count of Mutilation of a Dead Body, a felony punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison and/or $5,000 fine, and one count of Concealing Death of an Individual, a felony with a 5 year maximum and/or $5,000 fine. Mr. Chance was also charged as a habitual 4th offender, which raises the maximum penalty to life in prison. Mr. Chance is presumed innocent of these charges until he is proven guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt, in a court of law. Mr. Chance is expected to be arraigned in 61st District Court sometime tomorrow.

Base on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Jared Chance has previous convictions for:

  • 2 counts of Controlled Substance-Possess Analogues
  • Police Officer – Assault/Resist/Obstruct

Anyone with information is asked to contact the investigators, or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345 or

Due to the sensitive nature of the case, the Grand Rapids Police Department asks for the community’s patience and understanding. Grand Rapids Police will provide updates on the progress of the case when able. Only through a diligent investigation can they hope to obtain justice for the victim, fairness for the accused, and security for the community.

The remains of a woman found in the basement of a Grand Rapids man’s rental unit have been identified as that of a missing Kalamazoo woman.

Grand Rapids police late Friday, Dec. 7 said DNA evidence was used to match the remains with that of 30-year-old Ashley Young.

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