Murder charge against GR mutilation suspect

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Grand Rapids man already charged with mutilating a woman’s body is now being charged with her murder.

Prosecutors on Wednesday issued charges of open murder and three counts of tampering with evidence against Jared Chance. He’s expected to be arraigned Friday.

Chance was already facing charges of mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of Ashley Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township.

Each evidence tampering charge is a 10-year felony and the murder charge carries a life sentence. Chance, 29, was already facing life in prison on the initial charges because he is being charged as a fourth-time habitual offender.

Young’s family has said she was last seen with Chance in the early hours of Nov. 29 in Grand Rapids’ Eastown neighborhood. Police say Chance mutilated her body the next day at his home on Franklin Street near Dolbee Avenue SE. On Dec. 2, the couple living downstairs from Chance noticed an unusual smell coming from the basement. When one of them went to check it out, he found a tarp leaking blood.

Chance’s parents, James and Barbara Chance of Holland, are each charged with perjury and being accessories after the fact in the case.

Detectives say Chance told his parents on Dec. 1 that Young was dead and that he had dismembered her body and hid some of the remains. Court documents say his parents were at the Grand Rapids Police Department the next day, but did not tell officers what they knew.

However, Chance’s mother told 24 Hour News 8 they did call police and his father, a former police officer, said they turned their son in.

Jared Chance’s attorney said his sources told him James and Barbara Chance went to the police station and said they wanted to talk to investigators about Young. The attorney said the parents were told it wasn’t a GRPD case and they should call authorities in the Kalamazoo area, where Young was reported missing.

Prosecutors said that’s not exactly what happened, but wouldn’t elaborate further, citing an ongoing investigation.

Not all of Young’s remains have been found. Last month, her mother begged Chance’s parents to tell investigators everything they knew. In a jailhouse interview with 24 Hour News 8 the next day, Chance apologized and said he wanted to bring Young’s mother some peace, but didn’t provide any more information.

“I don’t know what to say or do,” he said.

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