Jessica Chambers murder case stretches into the 6th month

by: Tom Dees Updated:

The lead investigator in the Jessica Chambers murder case is giving FOX13 the indication they may be closing in on suspects in the gruesome murder six months after the Mississippi woman was burned alive.

Jessica's father spoke with FOX13 about his grief and the added grief he has had to take on.

Ben Chambers says he has had enough, and now he has hired an attorney.

"We are having a problem with my insurance company not wanting to pay off on my daughter because they said that she wasn't a student in school. I have my insurance through Met Life and they are not wanting to pay off now," said Chambers.

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Major Barry Thompson, the lead investigator in the Chambers murder says he has been told the payoff is being held because the murder remains unsolved.

Thompson wrote a letter on behalf of the Panola County Sheriff's Department, and in it he clearly states Ben Chambers is not nor has he ever been  a suspect.

But Thompson did offer some insight into suspects.

“I would say from a confidence standpoint, the team of investigators working on this case have a level of confidence that we have not had before now," Thompson said. "There is a direction that we are going in now that we haven't gone before, and it seems to be a good direction that we are headed in yes sir," he continued.

A good direction he says after six months of so many dead ends. Who could have burned a young woman alive?

"I can't say 100 percent that it was somebody that she knew but just the sheer hatred of the crime tells me it took it to another level," continued Thompson.

The clues stop there leaving the investigation ongoing.

Major Barry Thompson says the responsibility of solving the case lies with him.

"Ultimately I feel like this case rests on my shoulders. I am the Sheriff's lead homicide investigator, that is an appointment that he made to me and my passion is to get this case solved and I am not going to rest until it is," said Thompson.

Six months after his daughter was killed there have been no arrests and Ben Chambers says he owes $10,000 in funeral expenses, and he is fighting for his daughter's life insurance and that is not all.

"And the car insurance they wouldn't pay off because they say she wasn't killed by another car, so they won't pay off," Chambers said."You know its unbelievable how somebody can be murdered but they say she didn't die the right way," Chambers continued.