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Box of body parts, human tissue on a saw support murder charge in mutilation case

WZZM-TV • Jan 4, 2019 at 10:30 AM

GRAND RAPIDS — A bloody torso, a cardboard box with body parts and a saw containing traces of human blood and tissue are among evidence supporting a murder charge against Jared Chance, newly-released court documents show.

Chance, who has been jailed since early December for mutilating the body of 31-year-old Ashley Young, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday, Jan. 4 for her murder.

A probable cause affidavit released Thursday in support of the murder charge provides information about evidence recovered from Chance's Grand Rapids home and at his parents' home in Holland.

In addition to open murder, a potential life offense, Chance faces arraignment on three counts of tampering with evidence, which carries a 10-year term.

He's accused of killing Young, who was last seen with Chance on Nov. 29 in Grand Rapids, court records show. Her dismembered body was found in Chance's home on Dec. 2.

That discovery came after Grand Rapids police were alerted to a suspicious situation at 922 Franklin Street SE, where Chance lived in an upstairs apartment.

A downstairs resident called police after discovering a bloody tarp in the basement. He found the tarp while investigating a strange smell.

Police found a woman's torso beneath the tarp. A cardboard box containing additional body parts was found on a stairwell landing. DNA testing confirmed that the deceased individual was Ashley Young. Her head has not been found.

Traces of suspected blood were found in the upstairs bathroom, including the bathtub. Suspected human tissue was also located in the kitchen sink trap, Grand Rapids Police Detective Erika Fannon wrote in a probable cause affidavit.

In the days leading up to Young's murder, Chance displayed a .22 caliber revolver in the kitchen of his apartment and made comments that he "knew how to murder someone and get away with it,'' court records show.

A search of the basement where Young's torso was found "revealed several rounds of .22 caliber ammunition,'' Fannon wrote.

Grand Rapids police say they believe Young was killed on or about Nov. 30. Her death has been ruled a homicide by unspecified means.

According to the Facebook page, “Justice for Ashley Young,” Young grew up in Grand Haven and graduated from Grand Haven High School in 2005.

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