GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are not connecting the disappearance last week of a Kalamazoo-area woman to Sunday’s discovery of a woman’s dismembered body. But they have tracked Ashley Young’s last known whereabouts, and, on Facebook, her family says she was last thought to be seen with Jared Chance, the man accused in the dismembering case.
Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township, was last spotted in the Eastown neighborhood in Grand Rapids.
Emad Shatara, owner of the Eastown Hookah Lounge, on Wealthy Street at Lake Drive, said he saw her at his lounge about 11 p.m. Nov. 28, smoking apple-flavored hookah.
He said she was with a man he didn’t recognize. He couldn’t positively identify him as Chance.
The lounge owner said Young used to smoke hookah there occasionally, but that he hadn’t seen her for two years.
The owner said she cashed out about 11:45 p.m. and left. He said police have seized a copy of her receipt. He also gave a copy to Young’s family, he said.
She was next seen a few doors down at Mulligan’s Pub.
On a Facebook page dedicated to finding her, the missing woman’s family wrote that she was last seen at Mulligan’s at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 29, less than two hours after leaving the hookah lounge.
They said she was thought to be with Chance. Young and Chance are Facebook friends.
The owner of The Pita House, just down Wealthy Street from Mulligan’s, said detectives investigating the dismembered body have taken images from his surveillance cameras.
Grainy video reviewed by 24 Hour News 8 shows two couples walking past The Pita House several minutes apart just after 1:30 a.m. Nov. 29. It’s not clear if either is Young and Chance.
It was the next day, last Friday, that police say Chance dismembered a woman’s body at his apartment at 922 Franklin St. SE, near Dolbee Avenue.
Two days later, on Sunday, a man who lives downstairs from Chance discovered part of the body in the basement. Police found other body parts in a stairway outside Chance’s apartment.
In court records, police said they found blood in Chance’s apartment. They said they also found “articles that…could have been used to dismember a human body.”
Police are waiting for DNA test results to identify the body.
While swearing out an arrest warrant for Chance, a Grand Rapids detective didn’t name Young, but did say: “It was learned through our investigation that Jared was with a female acquaintance two days prior and that that female acquaintance was since reported as a missing person and she has not to this date been located.”
On Wednesday, Grand Rapids police searched the home of Chance’s parents in Holland. It’s not clear what, if anything, they found.
Chance, 29, who has a long criminal record, is charged with mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual. He has not been charged with murder, but it is being held in jail on a $750,000 bond.