COURTLAND, Mississippi (WMC) – Surveillance video from a gas station in Courtland, Mississippi may hold clues to the gruesome murder of a teen burned alive.
The video shows Jessica Chambers being called away by someone out of the camera’s view.
Shortly afterward, from another angle, surveillance video captures a man in a striped shirt fill up what appears to be a gas can before walking off in the same direction Jessica went. Jessica eventually returned to her car, finished pumping gas and drove away.
Investigators obtained the video, which was recorded about 90 minutes before she was burned alive, to use in connection with the investigation. The burning happened less than one mile from the gas station.
Right now, no arrests have been made in the case. People are being questioned, but investigators are not calling anyone a person of interest or a suspect in the case. The man who can be seen in the video filling a gas can has been cleared by authorities.
Jessica’s father, Ben Chambers, is a mechanic for Panola County Sheriff’s Department. He says he trusts that his coworkers will find his daughter’s killer.
“I’ve seen a lot in different cases that it takes time, you know, everything don’t happen overnight,” said Chambers. “I’ve got faith in them, we’ve got one of the most wonderful sheriffs in the world.”
As investigators go through the surveillance footage, they are also going through Chambers’ cell phone records to see who she was with before she died. Her father hopes answers come soon.
“She was a loving child, man, 19 years old, just finished high school. Had her whole life ahead of her,” he said.
Jessica was found burning near her car that was also engulfed in flames. She was flown to a hospital in Memphis but later died. Early autopsy results reveal that Jessica died from severe burns covering 98 percent of her body.
According to Jessica’s father, Ben Chambers, in her last breaths, she whispered something to investigators that could help them track down her killer.