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Charges announced against parents of man accused of mutilating body of missing woman

The Grand Rapids Police Department is asking Kent County prosecutors to authorize homicide charges against a man who was taken into custody Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018, after a body was found in the basement of a residence at the 900 block of Franklin Street SE in Grand Rapids. (WWMT/File)

The parents of a man facing criminal prosecution after being accused of dismembering the body of a missing Kalamazoo woman have had charges announced against them related to the case.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said charges will be filed against Barbra Chance and James Chance. Those charges include accessory after the fact to a felony and perjury in an investigative subpoena.

Jared Chance, 29, their son, is charged with mutilation of a dead body and concealing a death after the body of Ashley Young, 31, was found in the basement of his home in Grand Rapids.

Barbra and James are expected to be arraigned Wednesday.

Jared Chance was arrested Dec. 2 and charged Dec. 4.

Police said Dec. 7 that DNA tests revealed that the body found in the basement was Young.



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