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Grand Rapids body positively identified as missing Kalamazoo woman

Grand Rapids body positively identified as missing Kalamazoo woman. (WWTM/File)

Grand Rapids Police have positively identified the remains found in a basement as the missing Kalamazoo woman.

Ashley Young, 31, was reported missing after a visit to Grand Rapids on Nov. 30.

Young’s family said she was last seen alive at a Grand Rapids bar with Jared Chance the night of Nov. 29.

After not hearing from her, Young’s family said they drove to Chance’s home looking for her Friday before reporting her missing.

According to police, two days later, Sunday, Chance’s neighbor discovered a body in the basement of their home on the 900 block of Franklin Street.

Chance was arrested later that night.

Police then searched his apartment, saying they discovered tools that could be used to mutilate a body, and body parts along with blood.

Chance was in Kent County court Wednesday, where we learned police believe Chance used the tools in an attempt to hide Young’s identity.

He’s charged with mutilating a body and concealing death.

Online, an outpouring of support for Young and her family. They are asking for privacy at this time.

No word at this point on any additional charges Chance may face. He’s in the Kent County jail and already faces the possibility of life in prison because he’s considered a habitual offender.

Correction: Police initially reported Ashley Young as being 32-years-old. Family has corrected the error and the article has been updated to reflect this.


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