Real Name: Jessica Chambers
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Courtland, Mississippi
Date: December 6, 2014
Details: At around 8PM on December 6, 2014, nineteen-year-old Jessica Chambers was found burning next to her car which was also on fire. She suffered burns on all of her body. A flammable liquid had been poured on her body, down her throat, and up her nose. Early the next morning, she passed away as a result of her injuries. Authorities determined that she was last seen alive at a gas station about a mile and a half from where her body was found. Authorities have yet to identify any suspects and the case remains unsolved.
Suspects: None known; as she was being treated by first responders, she allegedly said that someone named "Eric" or "Derrick" attacked her. However, no suspects were found with that name.
Extra Notes: This case was uploaded to the Unsolved Mysteries website on February 21, 2015. The person interviewed in the video is Jessica's sister, Amanda.
Results: Unresolved. In February of 2016, Quinton Tellis was indicted on a capital murder charge in Jessica's death. He had previously been arrested for the murder of another woman, Meing-Chen Hsiao, whose credit cards he was caught using after her death. In Jessica's case, investigators connected him through cell phone and text records. The two had known each other for a few weeks and allegedly were romantically involved.
Prosecutors believe that the two had sex that night in Jessica's car. They believe he suffocated her until she was unconscious. They believe he then went to his sister's home nearby, took her car, picked up gasoline from his home, and then returned to Jessica's car and set it on fire, with her inside.
Initially, Tellis claimed to have only been with her during the day. However, location data from their cell phones showed that the two were together until around 7:30PM. When told of this, he changed his story, saying that he was with her until around 7PM. Surveillance video showed a vehicle, believed to his sister's, stopping briefly at his home at 7:50PM before driving towards the crime scene. Surveillance video also helped show that Tellis had changed his clothes three times that day.
Within an hour of her death, Tellis had deleted all communications with her from his phone and stopped checking on her, even though they had been in constant contact in the days prior. The deleted messages showed that she had denied him six four times on the day of her death. Investigators also found Jessica's keys along a path between the crime scene and Tellis's sister's home. His DNA was found on those keys.
Tellis's defense claimed that the person whom Jessica identified as "Eric" or "Derrick" was the real killer. However, doctors and other experts noted that it would have been difficult for her to say anything properly due to the injuries to her mouth and throat. Furthermore, Jessica did not use her phone to talk to anyone named Eric or Derrick in the thirty days prior to her death.
In October of 2017, Tellis went on trial for Jessica's murder. Initially, the verdict was read as "not guilty". However, it was discovered that the jury misunderstood the instructions, as many of them had voted for "guilty". A mistrial was declared; a new trial is scheduled for September 24, 2018.
- Timeline of Jessica's Case
- Mississippi teen burned alive identifies suspect before she dies: police
- Man indicted in mysterious Mississippi burning death of Jessica Chambers
- Man charged in murder of Jessica Chambers pleads 'not guilty'
- How Phone Records Tie Jessica Chambers Suspect To Two Murders
- Deleted texts show Jessica Chambers denied Tellis sex
- Phones reveal timeline of Chambers, Tellis whereabouts
- Analyst lays out prosecution's theory in burned woman trial
- Jury deliberating in case of Mississippi teen who was burned to death
- Jessica Chambers case: Mistrial declared for Quinton Tellis in teen's burning death
- Mistrial declared in burning death of Mississippi teen
- New date set for retrial in Jessica Chambers case
- Justice for Jessica Facebook page