It seems like “missing women” and “gas station” stories almost never end well. Jessica Heeringa is one example; that case is unsolved currently and now, even an act named for what happened around her is on life support. Jennifer Huston was last seen at a gas station; that didn’t end well either, but for other reasons. Now we have one of the worst cases in the last few years — a beautiful high school girl / former cheerleader / all that was burned alive last weekend in Panola County, Mississippi. Her name was Jessica Chambers. You can read about the basics of the case here, and here see that “there are no suspects.” (Although a 31 year-old male, Derrick Turner, was questioned by police for a day or so, then released.) The police have basically said they have “no idea” in this case. It’s actually a lot simpler than that, though, apparently.
— Josh (@Bamajosh28) December 13, 2014
Go and follow those two people mentioned and you’ll get to this, which is by far the most detailed piece of reporting you’ll see on this case right now. I suggest you hit the link and follow through all the way, but here’s a basic summary:
- The gas station where Jessica Chambers was last seen is a noted hub of gang/drug activity in the area.
- At some point in her past, Jessica had a relationship with someone named Bryan Rudd, who has gang ties.
- Apparently also at some point in her past, Jessica had some drug problems — potentially meth — and went away for a period of time to get help. (There’s a letter she wrote her niece on that link.)
- That all leads to this general idea:
Report #JessicaChambers had prior drug (meth) issues. Gang Bang circle wanted her back in their pride. Revenge/spite murder.
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) December 13, 2014
Ali Alsanai is the owner of the gas station mentioned above. He’s apparently about 19 years old. If you do a quick search for him on Facebook, you’ll find him — in Batesville, MS — and you’ll see his profile picture (as of right now) is him with a semi-automatic gun (awkward) and most of his videos appear to be Islamic in nature. There’s more about him on the link above, as well.
What seems to have happened here, in the broadest terms, is that a Southern girl had a dark phase in her life — drugs, hanging with the wrong crowd — and in an effort to get out, she got unwittingly pulled back in (or perhaps wittingly) and ended up deceased. It’s a terrible story. This probably makes it worse:
— ⭐BigCityBlonde⭐ (@24kBlondi) December 13, 2014
There’s some gas station surveillance footage here:
And here’s a slightly salacious video regarding “the positive ID” of her killer in the store (not 100 percent accurate, but watch it):
One of the heartbreaking details in this case is that when police found Jessica, she was still alive and able to speak. She did talk to them, but they aren’t commenting on her final words. However, you’d have to reason that she at least made some reference to who/how/what happened, as addressed here:
If that proves to be the final nail in the coffin of whoever did it, you just know this is a future Dateline story with the title “Her Final Words.”
Via this, by the way, it’s possible those final words included “Derrick” or “Eric,” which is why Derrick Turner was probably picked up — and why Eric Bibbs, who lives near where the burning took place, was also questioned. Obviously I’ve never spoken to a person that has just been burned, but I’d assume a word like “Derrick” could come out similar to a lot of other words in an extremely physically debilitated situation. She could have said any number of two-syllable words, potentially. It’s probably hopeless to speculate.
Here’s a bit more on Batesville/Panola County as a gang haven:
There’s also this, although I haven’t found any other sources to back it up:
I’ve driven through Batesville, but admittedly I don’t know a ton about it. If you live near there or have any context on anything, feel free to leave some thoughts in the comments to let this go deeper.