A new donation of $10,000 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms has now raised the reward to catch Jessica Chambers' killer to $53,000.
The 19-year-old Chambers was found severely burned Dec. 6, 2014, on the side of the road in Panola County, Miss.
Chambers died in Memphis Dec. 7 from her injuries.
"We all have a vested interest in arresting and bringing to justice the person(s) responsible for this heinous crime,” ATF Special Agent in Charge Phillip Durham of the New Orleans Field Division. “Arson is a crime of violence leaving physical and emotional scars that last a lifetime. Only those victims who have survived understand the sheer terror of being attacked by fire. Unfortunately, Jessica Chambers' life was cut short, as she did not survive.”
District Attorney John Champion said he understands the family's frustration as his investigation seems to grind along with little progress.
"Nobody is more frustrated," he said. "I know the family certainly is, wanting to know who did this to their loved one. But we're very, very frustrated with this case as well from the standpoint that we're utilizing a tremendous amount of assets and manpower. It just doesn't seem like we are where we should be."
DA Champion reiterated that he is confident Ms. Chamber's killer will be caught.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the ATF at 662-513-2140 or use the ATF Hotline at 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473). Callers can remain anonymous.
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