A 22-year-old missing Tennessee woman was found dead on Thursday – a day after her student boyfriend was charged with her murder when bloody evidence was found in his home.
Jasmine Pace’s body was found along Suck Creek Road in Chattanooga after she was last seen on surveillance video leaving her mother’s home on Nov. 22, Local 3 News reported.
Police found Pace’s body a day after her boyfriend Jason Chen, a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, was charged with murder, according to News Channel 9.
When police searched his apartment, they found bloodstains in the living room, bathroom and bedroom, the newspaper reported, citing an affidavit.
They also found broken glass and other evidence suggesting a violent altercation had taken place.
Chen had recently purchased cleaning products which were apparently used to clean up some of the evidence, according to police.
Pace’s mother, Catrina Pace, told police earlier that she tracked her daughter’s Chevrolet Equinox on Nov. 26 using MyChevyApp, the affidavit states. She called 911 when she located the vehicle and told them that Jasmine had shared her location with her on Nov. 23 using a text pin, officials said.
Catrina and her husband drove to the Tremont Street address and found out from residents that Chen lived there, the affidavit states.
The apartment was empty but the mother found Jasmine’s driver’s license and credit cards, according to the document, which says a neighbor told her there had been a loud disturbance around 2 a.m. that morning. that day.
The police did not locate Chen that day, but returned on November 27 with a warrant and discovered the grisly evidence.
The next day, police obtained surveillance footage from the resort that captured the suspect leaving the property while wearing a mask and a black cloth wrapped around his hand, News Channel 9 said.
They used MyChevyApp to track the vehicle to Chen’s family home in Nolensville, about two hours northwest of Chattanooga, where they stopped him on Tuesday, officials said.
The suspect had lacerations on his hand, according to the affidavit quoted by News Channel 9.
On Wednesday, he was charged with first degree murder.
“Our hearts are with Jasmine’s family tonight as they face some incredibly difficult news. We are grateful that through the hard work of the Chattanooga Police Department, she can now be buried surrounded by the friends and family who loved her so dearly,” Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp said in a statement. at Local 3 News.
“The State of Tennessee is focused on prosecuting Jason Chen to the fullest extent of the law. In this case, justice will prevail,” he added.
A University of Tennessee Chattanooga spokesperson told News Channel 9 in a statement that the school is “actively monitoring a situation involving one of our students, Jason Chen.
“We are cooperating with law enforcement authorities regarding this matter and will continue to do so. We are unable to provide additional information due to student privacy laws,” the rep added.
Catrina thanked the community for their support during the agonizing search.
“The outpouring of true love and support from the community over the past week has meant more than I can explain. I ask that our community and everyone affected by this horrific event, everyone who has a daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, may sympathize with what we are forced to deal with,” she wrote on Facebook.