Panola County woman burned near car


The Panola County Sheriff's Department investigating a car fire outside of Courtland Mississippi they say killed Jessica Chambers Saturday night.
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COURTLAND, Miss. (AP) - The death of a 19-year-old Panola County, Mississippi, woman who was found badly burned on a road near her burning car Saturday is being investigated as a homicide.

Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby says the 19-year-old woman died after she was doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire.

Jessica Chambers was found burning near her car that was also engulfed in flames. She was flown to a hospital in Memphis but later died. Authorities say initial autopsy results reveal that Jessica died from severe burns that covered 98 percent of her body.

Darby says detectives are working to learn who the woman may have been with before her murder.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting Panola authorities.