Man charged with mutilation in GR death investigation

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has been formally charged in connection to the discovery of a woman’s remains in Grand Rapids.

Jared James Chance, 29, was arraigned in 61st District Court Wednesday on charges of mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death of an individual. Judge David Buter set his bond at $750,000 cash or surety.

The mutilation charge is a 10-year felony and the concealing death charge a 5-year felony. But since Chance is being charged as a fourth-time habitual offender, he could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Grand Rapids police said Tuesday they haven’t been able to identify the victim because they found only remains. DNA has been sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for testing.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told 24 Hour News 8 Monday the body had been dismembered.

The remains were found around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the basement of a home at Franklin Street and Dolbee Avenue SE.

Officers waited hours for a search warrant so they could sweep the house, which contains apartments. When they got it, they found Chance in the upstairs apartment. They took him, barefoot, into police custody, where he has stayed since then.

Anyone with information about the death is asked to call GRPD at 616.456.3400 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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