Friday, January 23, 2015

ATF Offers Up To $10K Reward in Arson Homicide

Investigators Seek Public’s Help Solving Crime

BATESVILLE, Miss. — Special Agent in Charge Phillip Durham of the New Orleans Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) today announced that ATF is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the death of Jessica Chambers that occurred on Dec. 6, 2014.

“We all have a vested interest in arresting and bringing to justice the person(s) responsible for this heinous crime,” said Durham. “Arson is a crime of violence leaving physical and emotional scars that last a lifetime. Only those victims who have survived understand the sheer terror of being attacked by fire. Unfortunately, Jessica Chambers’ life was cut short, as she did not survive.”

On Dec. 6, Jessica Chambers died as a result of her injuries. Her death was determined to be a homicide. ATF, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, FBI, Panola County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office are seeking help from the public in identifying those responsible.

With ATF’s reward, the total amount is now up to $53,000 thanks to the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI, Mississippi State Fire Marshal’s Office, CrimeStoppers, and private donations.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call ATF at (662) 513-2140 or use the ATF Hotline at 1-888-ATF-FIRE (1-888-283-3473). Callers can remain anonymous.

Further complementing the teams‘ efforts are technical, legal and intelligence advisers. Moreover, a fleet of fully equipped response vehicles strategically located throughout the United States is available to provide logistical support.

This is the 5th NRT activation in FY 2013 and the 741st since the inception of the NRT.

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