Police Searching for Leads After Teen Girl Burned Alive

Police Searching for Leads After Teen Girl Burned Alive

19-year-old Jessica Chambers, a likable cheerleader and softball player, was covered in flammable liquid and set on fire. She died as a result of the incident, which occurred in a small Alabama town. 

So far police reportedly have very few leads in the case, according to the Associated Press (AP).  

The girl’s burning body was ultimately found on a back road next to her burning car. 

The teen’s mother, Lisa Chambers, spoke to her daughter over the phone an hour before she died. She told the AP, “She was like, ‘I’m cleaning out my car and I’m going to go get something to eat and be home to clean my room up.'”

“She loved life, she loved everybody,” the mother said. “She would do a monster face and stick her tongue out … She’s done that since she was about 3 years old … She didn’t think anybody could harm her or would want to.”

Investigators are looking closely at various clues — including surveillance video and cell phone records — but have also turned to the public for tips. District attorney John Champion reportedly said at a presser, “There’s just not a lot of street talk out there about who may or may not have done this. We feel like somebody out there has heard something.”

A $10,000 reward has reportedly been offered by the Marshals Service for information leading to an arrest. 

Officials are still unsure of what, exactly, Chambers did during the final hours she was alive. 

She went to a gas station where Ali Fadhel worked at one point on Saturday. Fadhel reportedly told investigators that Chambers was wearing pajama pants and a sweater at the time. 

She paid for cigarettes and $14 worth of gas that day, about $5 more than she usually bought, Fadhel told the AP. She reportedly got a call on her cell phone on her way on out of the store. 

Fadhel added that Chabers said she was “going to make a stop before going home.” He told the AP, “If she knew she had a problem with somebody, she would have told me.”

Facebook page has been set up in Chambers’ memory. 

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