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.
“I went down there and there was a tarp with blood leaking out of it,” he said. “I never seen the body, or anything like that.”
He didn’t take a closer look. His girlfriend called police.
The neighbor said he knew Chance in passing and had never seen him act violently.
“He smoked weed, that’s all I know, so he was cool for the most part,” the neighbor said.
Chance said little in court on Wednesday as he was officially charged. He has not been charged with the death as police try to identify the body.
Police are not linking him to the disappearance of 31-year-old Ashley Young of Oshtemo Township, but her family has linked the two on a Facebook page dedicated to finding her. Even before Chance’s arrest, Young’s family posted that she was last thought to be seen with Chance at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 29 at Mulligan’s Bar in Grand Rapids.
Chance and the missing woman also were Facebook friends.
The man who discovered the body wouldn’t say whether he had ever seen the missing woman with Chance. He said he’s following the Facebook page for the missing woman.
“I hope she makes it home safely, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “Whatever the case may be, I hope it turns out right.”