PD: Remains found in GR are missing Kzoo Co. woman

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids police confirm the remains found in a man’s Grand Rapids apartment are that of a missing Kalamazoo area woman.

Police announced Friday DNA tests showed a dismembered body found at Jared Chance’s apartment on Franklin Street belong to 31-year-old Ashley Young of Oshtemo Township

On Facebook, Young’s family said she was last thought to be seen with Chance on Nov. 28 in Grand Rapids.

The owner of Eastown Hookah Lounge reported seeing her at his business that night around 11 p.m. He said she was with a man he didn’t recognize. He couldn’t positively identify him as Chance.

On a Facebook page dedicated to finding her, Young’s  family wrote that she was last seen at Mulligan’s Pub at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 29, less than two hours after leaving the hookah lounge.

It was the next day 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.”

Chance, 29, was taken into custody Sunday. He was barefoot as he was led away by police.

On Wednesday, Grand Rapids police searched the home of Chance’s parents in Holland. It’s not clear what, if anything, they found.

Chance, 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.



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