Salem woman charged in Mich. with murdering mom

Picture of Kelly Rhodes
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) — An Oregon woman accused of dumping the body of her 89-year-old mother behind a Michigan thrift store has been charged with murder.

New charges against Kelly Rhodes of Salem, Ore., were disclosed Wednesday when she appeared in court on a charge of moving the body of Mary Grenia. The body was covered with a blanket behind a Goodwill Industries store in Port Huron Township in March.

The 49-year-old Rhodes was charged with open murder and abuse of a vulnerable adult. Open murder means a jury can determine if it’s first or second-degree murder.

The Port Huron Times Herald reports the new charges came after prosecutors received an autopsy report Tuesday. Prosecutor Mona Armstrong declined to comment.

A message seeking comment was left for Rhodes’ attorney, Sharon Parrish.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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