Man questioned in the death Jessica Chambers says he did not know her
PANOLA CO, MS (WMC) - It has been an emotional night for people who knew and loved Jessica Chambers and showed up for her visitation. Investigators still looking for a suspect in her death.
"There's really no words to describe how I feel right now," said Alicia Faulkner. "Having to come to a visitation for somebody that you never would have thought would be gone."
Hundreds of friends and family members showed up for the visitation. It was a closed casket, with loving messages written all over it indicating how many people cared for the teenager. At the same time investigators went over clues looking for anything to solve the case. One of the people investigators questioned is Eric Bibbs.
"That day that it happened. I had been here with a toothache since about 6 p.m.," said Bibbs. "I think maybe they came by here about 9:30 p.m., they even went to my grandma address. They called my mom."
Bibbs, a married father, lives just down the road from where Jessica Chambers was discovered horribly burned lying next to her burning car. Investigators say Chambers was able to talk with the first responder. Bibbs says the investigator mentioned to him that Chambers had said the name Derrick or Eric.
"He said there was an accident I think down the road and your name was mentioned," said Bibbs. "And he said I think one of the other people said the only Eric I know in this area is Eric Bibbs."
Bibbs told the detective he did not know Jessica Chambers and wasn't even aware of what had happened to her. The investigator never told him why he was being questioned.
District Attorney John Champion says investigations are still waiting for results from the crime lab. Champion thinks those results could move the case forward.
Jessica's father told WMC Action News 5 that all he wants to know is why someone would harm a 19 year old. He is praying that the person who knows what happened comes forward.
This isn't the only tragedy the family has known. Jessica's brother, Ben Chambers, Jr., was killed in a car crash two years ago. Now the grieving father says with this latest loss, they can't even think of celebrating Christmas.
"It's not going to be any holidays anymore, they took something from me that Jesus Christ gave me. Nobody can replace that, nothing in the world can replace a child," said Chambers.
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