Sheriff: Rumors about arrests in Jessica Chambers case are false

Arrests in Panola County not connected to Chambers investigation

PANOLA CO, MS (WMC) - Panola County Sheriff Dennis Darby says overnight Internet rumors about arrests in the ongoing Jessica Chambers case are false.

WMC Action News 5 received several calls and emails from viewers about possible arrests in the case.

At the site where 19-year-old Jessica Chambers was found 4 months ago, a memorial to her has grown. Easter Sunday brought rumors, but no relief for her family.

"My heart, it felt like it stopped beating, you know?" said Jessica's father, Ben Chambers, over the phone.

Many members of the community are praying for a resolution in the case.

"We're just hoping everything gets cleared up, because that was real terrible," said Courtland, Mississippi resident Letha Flagg.

Ben Chambers reflected on his family's first Easter without his daughter.

"We were doing eggs last night," Chambers recalled. "It brought back so many memories of so much, her."

Darby says his team continues to work leads daily, but said no arrests have been made.

Names mentioned in online postings may have been brought into the jail for unrelated charges, but Darby emphasized the individuals were not brought in for the Chambers case.

Monday will mark four months since the 19-year-old was found badly burned next to her car.

Chambers later died at a Memphis hospital. Investigators believe someone used an accelerant to light her on fire and have classified her death as a homicide.

Ben Chambers says he's in constant contact with the FBI as they work to find the missing pieces of this investigation.

"I talked to them last week, one of the head investigators, and he told me, 'Ben, we're going to solve this case. He said, 'We're going to solve this case, but you know, it's just taking time.'"

Ben Chambers says it's been an emotional roller coaster every time rumors start flying, especially when nothing comes out of them.

"I found out it wasn't, you know? And hurt so bad," Chambers explained.

The reward for information leading to a conviction in this case tops $50,000. Call Panola County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169 if you have any information that could help investigators bring Justice for Jessica.

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