Update: Friends of Jessica Chambers are claiming on social media that an arrest has been made or an arrest is eminent. They are also citing an unidentified “abusive” ex-boyfriend.
Police say Jessica Chambers was beaten. Then lighter fluid was sprayed in her mouth and nose, as well as her body. She was set on fire inside her vehicle.
Firefighters say they arrived at the scene to find Jessica Chambers conscious, walking, but fully engulfed in flames. Authorities say she was burned on nearly 100% of her body. Only the bottoms of her feet were spared.
She uttered a few words to paramedics before she died. Police believe she was trying to tell them who set her on fire.
The horrific torture murder took place in Panola County. This is a rural county with 34,700 people. It is roughly half white and half black.
Police say they are looking for “two men” who may have been in contact with Jessica right before the murder. Police have not released any details about the two men.
Family members of a teenager burned alive on Saturday night are desperate for answers in the heinous Mississippi murder.
Jessica Chambers, 19, was found burning near her car that was also engulfed in flames. She was flown to a hospital in Memphis but later died.
Her father, Ben Chambers, said investigators told him his daughter was set on fire.
“When the fire department got there, she was walking down the road on fire,” he said. “Only part of her body that wasn’t burned was the bottom of her feet.”
He continued as he held back tears, “They squirted lighter fluid down her throat and in her nose, and apparently they knocked her out. She had a big gash on top of her head.”
Ben Chambers worked as an employee for Panola County Sheriff’s Office. He has faith that his friends and co-workers will get to the bottom of the crime.
Several people in town are taking to Facebook asking for #justiceforjessica.