Murder charge against GR mutilation suspect

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 Thursday.

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

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 previous 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 on Nov. 30 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. One of them said he went to check it out and found a tarp leaking blood. He called police, who took Chance into custody.

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