Police in Panola County, Mississippi are investigating the murder of a 19-year-old woman burned alive Saturday (Dec. 6). Jessica Chambers was found walking down a road near her car, fully engulfed in flames.
She later died at a hospital.
Jessica’s last words were uttered to authorities before she succumbed, and could lead them to her killers.
Reports WMC Action 5 News:
Early autopsy results reveal that Jessica died from severe burns that covered 98 percent of her body.
“They have ripped everything I have,” added Lisa Chambers, Jessica’s mother. “She left to go clean out her car and was going to get her something to eat.”
The 19-year-old never made it home.
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.”
The teen was set on fire after, having lighter fluid poured in her nose and down her throat. She was also knocked out at one point.
Surveillance footage shows Jessica at a gas station about an hour-and-a-half before she was killed. A man can be seen in the background filling up a canister full of gasoline.
Her cellphone was also found at the scene, which will help investigators determine who she was in contact with in the final hours of her life.
Several people are being interviewed, but no suspects have been name. A motive has yet to be announced.