A 49-year-old woman arrested in Belleville last week has been charged with improperly disposing of her mother's body, according to a prosecutor in Michigan.
St. Clair County, Mich., Prosecuting Attorney Michael Wendling said Kelly Jane Rhodes, 49, whose address was listed as 300 Scout Drive, Unit 3, Belleville, on the arrest warrant, was charged with disposing of a body improperly, a misdemeanor. He said the body that was dumped was that of her elderly mother.
It was unclear Monday whether Rhodes actually lived in Belleville or just gave police the address of relatives from Belleville where she was staying. Michigan authorities originally said the suspect was from Salem, Ore.
Sheriff Tim Donnellon with the St. Clair County, Mich., Sheriff's Department said an elderly woman's body was found behind a Goodwill store March 12 in Port Huron Township, Mich. Donnellon said he couldn't confirm whether the victim was Rhodes' mother.
According to the St. Clair County, Mich., Sheriff's Department, detectives viewing surveillance video from the store have been able to determine the woman had been there more than a week and had been concealed by snow and blankets that covered her body.
Donnellon said citizens' tips generated led to authorities being able to find the suspect in Belleville. He said Rhodes may have been visiting relatives in Belleville.
The name of the deceased woman has not yet been released by authorities, and the cause of death is still being determined. Wendling said more charges could be issued against Rhodes.
Rhodes is currently being held in the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville and is expected to be extradited to St. Clair County, Mich. Donnellon said it could take another week before Rhodes is transported to Michigan.
If convicted in Michigan, Rhodes faces a up to a year in jail, Wendling said.
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