Investigators: Someone else may have been in car moments before teen was burned alive

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PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. (CNN) – New details are emerging in the horrific murder of a Mississippi teenager who was burned alive.

Last Saturday, emergency crews were called to a car fire near a rural road in Courtland, Mississippi.

When they arrived, they found 19-year-old Jessica Chambers on fire.

She was still alive when crews arrived at the scene.

Some say she tried to whisper the name of her killer to paramedics before she died, but investigators won’t go into detail about what she told them.

Family members say someone poured an accelerant down her throat and nose before setting her and her car on fire.

However, officials say those details are still unclear.

Once at a nearby hospital, Chambers died from her injuries.

“98 percent of her body was burned. The only thing that wasn’t burned was the bottom of her feet. It’s just destroyed our family, it’s destroyed our family. She was a loving child, 19-years-old. Just finished high school, had her whole life in front of her,” said Ben Chambers, Jessica’s father.

Earlier this week, authorities were able to access Jessica Chambers’ phone records to search for leads. 

So far, they have not released what they found.

Now, investigators say they are looking “at the strong possibility” that someone else was in the car with Chambers moments before the fire started.

Officials won’t go into detail about why they believe there was another person in the car.

However, they have cleared the bystander who called 911 and Chambers’ family, saying “there were no family issues.”

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