Reward in Jessica Chambers murder case increased

by: Tom Dees Updated:

FOX13 News has learned that only one lead has been generated by Panola County Crime Stoppers in the murder investigation into Jessica Chambers of Courtland, Miss.

As well, the reward to find her killer was raised to $54,000. Yalabousha Crime Stoppers added $1,000 to the reward. Chambers was burned to death Dec. 6 next to a car in Courtland.

FBI and ATF agents were back at the crime scene today, investigating at the murder scene.

Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby said his department has only gotten one lead from Crime Stoppers. The rest of those leads came from footwork on the street.

Sheriff Darby said the $54,000 reward has so far generated next to nothing in leads.

The news is leaving Lisa Chambers, the victim's mother, in disbelief.

"That would be my question, as to why no one is calling because somebody knows something and that money would help somebody,” Lisa Chambers said.

What about that $54,000 in reward money? FOX13 News has found out you'll have to call Texas to get it. Sheriff Darby said Crime Stoppers is not handled locally. The calls are instead routed through Texas for anonymity and tips forwarded to the sheriff's department.

FOX13 News has also learned the complete autopsy results for Jessica are in and that law enforcement subpoenaed records from every cell carrier in Panola County during the investigation. We requested copies of the cellphone records and autopsy but was told they are protected since it is an ongoing investigation.

Both District Attorney John Champion and Sheriff Darby said they have interviewed hundreds of people and are still working some "things” in the murder investigation. FOX13 News is working to uncover just what those “things” actually are.

Lisa Chambers had sharp words for her daughter's killer or killers.

"I don't care if it is 50 years from now you are going to get caught,” she said. “If they don't catch you, God will. He already knows."

On Feb. 2 family and friends gathered to celebrate what would have been Jessica's 20th birthday. That same day investigators told FOX13 that the search for her killer has turned cold.

Sheriff Darby and DA Champion say they feel the case is anything but cold and they feel that the leads they have will ultimately come together.

The reward for any information in Jessica's case is now at $54,000. If anyone has any information, they're urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.


 


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