A 49-year-old woman arrested in Belleville remained in custody at the St. Clair County Jail Thursday accused of improperly disposing of her mother's body in Michigan. The crime is being investigated by the St. Clair County, Mich., sheriff's department.
Officials said Thursday that the deceased woman was identified as Mary Gertrude Grenia, 89, of Salem, Ore., using X-ray comparison from medical records.
Her daughter Kelly Jane Rhodes, 49, of Salem, Ore., was charged last week with disposing of a body improperly, a misdemeanor, according to St. Clair County, Mich., prosecuting attorney Michael Wendling.
It was not clear why Rhodes and her mother Grenia were in Michigan. Sheriff Tim Donnellon with the St. Clair County, Mich., sheriff's department, said Rhodes was in Belleville staying with relatives.
The Belleville Police Department assisted Michigan law enforcement and arrested Rhodes, said Captain Don Sax.
Grenia's body was found March 12 behind the Goodwill store in Port Huron Township, Mich., about 55 miles northeast of Detroit. Grenia's body had been there for more than a week and was concealed by snow and blankets, according to police.
The cause of death was not released. The investigation is ongoing and Wendling said more charges may be issued against Rhodes.
Rhodes is expected to be extradited to Michigan, Donnellon said.
If convicted in Michigan, Rhodes may face up to one year in jail, Wendling said.