By Katelin Davis
University of Mississippi
Meek School of Journalism and New Media
Much like other 19-year-olds from Panola County, Jessica Chambers had recently graduated and was planning on attending college next fall. Those plans came to a tragic end on Dec. 6, 2014, when authorities found Chambers burning by her car on Herron Road in Courtland, Mississippi, around 8 p.m. She was transported to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis where she died.
CBS reported that Chambers was able to communicate with workers before her death, but authorities have not released her final statements. Her death was ruled a homicide. According to autopsy reports, Chambers died from the burns that covered 98 percent of her body.
Local Memphis news released a timeline of Chambers’ movements prior to her murder on Dec. 6, 2014. This timeline shows:
- Chambers was at home with her parents until 5 p.m.
- She left her home and traveled to a local gas station.
- From there, Chambers went to an unknown residence in Courtland before traveling to Batesville.
- She arrived back in Courtland around 6:30 p.m.
- Authorities do not know where Chambers was located from 6:30 p.m. to 7:31 p.m.
- Officials reported a call between Chambers and her mother at 7:13 p.m.
- At 7:31 p.m., Chambers’ car was reported parked on Herron Road.
- 911 received a call from a passing driver reporting Chambers’ burning car at 8:09 p.m.
- Gas station surveillance video shows Chambers waving to a person off camera. Chambers then walks toward the person, returns to her car shortly after and leaves the gas station.