Mississippi Teen Burned To Death: Investigation "A Great Mystery Right Now"

Cops hope the final words of a Mississippi teen burned alive will lead authorities to the killer.


Jessica Chambers, 19, was reportedly able to whisper to paramedics the name of the person who poured accelerant down her throat and set her on fire before she died of severe burns on 98% of her body. 

Cops say her attacker got inside her car Saturday night before dousing Chambers and the vehicle and setting it on fire in rural Panola County, Mississippi.

They squirted lighter fluid down her throat and in her nose, and apparently they knocked her out,” Ben Chambers, Jessica's father,  told television station WDBD-TV. “She had a big gash on top of her head. When the fire department got there, she was walking down the road on fire ... only part of her body that wasn't burned was the bottom of her feet.”

Authorities have not made an arrest "and we don't anticipate one in the near future at this point," district attorney John Champion said at a news conference Thursday.

"The lack of street talk is rare," he said. Champions said he had a "few theories" why that kind of usually common chatter hasn't spread, but he would not divulge what they were. "For lack of a better word, this is just a really great mystery right now." Champion added that the gruesome nature of the murder makes it appear to be "a personal crime, but we have not ruled out that it was a random act."

Darby and Champion implored anybody with information to contact authorities. "Somebody knows something, and for whatever reason, they haven't gotten it to us," Champion said.

Almost 97,000 people have joined a “Justice for Jessica” Facebook page sharing memories of the teenager and asking for help in finding her killer. 

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