Ore. woman arraigned for dumping mom’s body

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A Salem, Ore., woman has been arraigned on charges of improperly disposing of a body after her 89-year-old mother's corpse was found under blankets and snow behind a southeastern Michigan thrift store. 49-year-old Kelly Rhodes of Salem, Ore., appeared Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Port Huron District Court. (St. Clair County Sheriff's Department)

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A Salem, Ore., woman has been arraigned on charges of improperly disposing of a body after her 89-year-old mother’s corpse was found under blankets and snow behind a southeastern Michigan thrift store.

The St. Clair County sheriff’s department says 49-year-old Kelly Rhodes of Salem, Ore., appeared Wednesday in Port Huron District Court.

Sheriff Tom Donnellon says Rhodes stood mute to the charge and the judge jailed her with a $10,000 bond. Rhodes’ preliminary examination is April 15.

The charge can bring up to a year’s incarceration. The court says it has no record of whether Rhodes has a lawyer.

A worker found the body of Mary Gertrude Grenia of Salem, Ore., March 12 behind a Goodwill store in Port Huron Township.

Authorities arrested Rhodes at relatives’ home in Belleville, Ill.

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