GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A Grand Rapids man faces two felony charges related to the death of an unidentified woman, whose body was found at a Southeast Side home on Sunday.
Jared James Chance, 29, is charged with mutilation of a dead body, a 10-year felony, and concealing the death of an individual, which carries a five-year term. He is expected to be arraigned in Grand Rapids District Court on Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Chance, who has a criminal record dating back to his teen years, is also charged with being a habitual felony offender. He was booked into the Kent County Jail on Monday.
The investigation got underway Sunday when Grand Rapids police were called to a home on Franklin Street east of Dolbee Avenue SE about 4:30 p.m. Responding officers confirmed that there was a potential crime scene.
After obtaining a search warrant, police entered the two-unit home, where they found Chance in an upstairs bedroom. Court records indicate he lived at the Franklin Street home.
"Remains of a female were discovered, however, they do not allow us to identify the victim with traditional methods, so this investigation will be unique and add extra time to the investigative process,'' Grand Rapids police said in a news release.
Grand Rapids Police Sgt. Daniel Adams said Michigan State Police Crime Lab technicians have been called in to help identify the victim, which may involve the use of DNA. "The remains that we have at this point cannot be positively identified at this time," Adams said.
Police said they will provide updates as warranted. "Due to the sensitive nature of the case, the department asks for the community’s patience and understanding," police said in a news release.
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