University of Tennessee Chattanooga student Jason Chen is charged with criminal homicide in the death of his girlfriend Jazmine Pace
Jasmine Pace, 22, vanished on November 22 in Chattanooga, TN
Her body was found on a road on Nov. 27, one day after bloody evidence was found the apt of her boyfriend Jason Chen
During a search of Chen’s apt police found blood stains in the living room, bathroom and bedroom, broken glass, as well as driving license and credit cards belonging to Pace
Jasmine’s mother, Catrina Pace, tracked down her daughter’s Chevrolet Equinox car and also Chen’s home after her daughter shared her location on her phone
Jasmine disappeared on November 22 with Chen apprehended on November 27
Chen it is believed, used Jasmine’s phone to send messages, pretending she was still alive as he fled town
The body of a woman who had been reported missing has been found by the side of a Tennessee road just hours after her college student boyfriend was charged with her murder.
Jasmine Pace, 22, was found along Suck Creek Road in Chattanooga a day after bloody evidence was found at the home of Jason Chen, her boyfriend.
Pace disappeared on November 22. Chen apprehended on November 27.
Executing a search warrant against Chen’s apartment, police discovered blood stains in the living room, bathroom and bedroom. Cops also found glass fragments and Jasmine’s personal belongings inside his apartment at The Lofts at Tremont in North Chattanooga.
Investigators said Chen bought cleaning supplies which they believe had been used in an attempt to clean up the evidence. He has been charged with murder.
Jasmine’s mother Catrina Pace told police how she tracked her daughter’s Chevrolet Equinox car by using an app – and called 911.
Three days earlier, her daughter had shared her location with her using a pin drop sent via a text message.
When she and her husband visited the address they discovered that it was Chen’s home.
The apartment was unlocked but looked to be completely empty, yet Catrina found her daughter’s driving license and credit cards.
A neighbor also told her how there had been a loud disturbance at about 2.00am that morning.
Chen who vanished after the fact was not found until November 27 at his parent’s home in Nolensville, about two hours northwest of Chattanooga.
Surveillance footage from the suspect’s apartment complex shows him leaving wearing a mask with a black cloth wrapped around his hand. News Channel 9 reported.
The suspect had cuts on his hand, when he was taken into custody the arrest affidavit stated. He has been charged with first-degree murder.
A member of the bereaved family, Catrina Pace, publicly called Chen calculated, accusing him of using Jasmine’s phone to send text messages, pretending she was still alive as he was fleeing town.
Catrina Pace thanked the community for its support during search. ‘The outpouring of true love and support from the community this past week has meant more than I can explain. I ask that our community and everyone that has been affected by this horrific event, everyone that has a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, can sympathize with what we are being forced to process,’ she wrote in a posting on Facebook.
‘Our hearts are with Jasmine’s family tonight as they deal with unimaginably difficult news.
‘We are grateful that thanks to the hard work of the Chattanooga Police Department she may now be laid to rest surrounded by the friends and family that so deeply loved her,’ Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp said in a statement to Local 3 News.
Chen is being held at the Silverdale Detention Center without bond. He is due in court on Tuesday, December 6.