Mutilation suspect's neighbor found tarp leaking blood

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The man who discovered parts of a woman's body in the basement of his apartment house said he hadn't noticed anything unusual in previous days.

The man, who didn't want to be identified, lives on the lower level at 922 Franklin St. SE, below the apartment of suspect Jared Chance.

"If I would have heard anything … maybe I could have saved a life," the neighbor told 24 Hour News 8 Wednesday. "You know, if I had heard that, maybe things would have turned out different."

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 partial remains. DNA has been sent to the Michigan State Police Crime Lab for testing.

Police say Chance mutilated the woman's body on Friday at the home on Franklin Street near Dolbee Avenue. Two days later, on Sunday, Chance's downstairs neighbor and the neighbor's girlfriend started smelling a foul odor.

"My house was just smelling funny for the last couple of days," the neighbor said. "She (the girlfriend) asked me to go to the basement because she figured it may be sewer.

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