Missing Tennessee woman, 22, found dead, boyfriend charged

A missing 22-year-old Tennessee woman was found dead Thursday – a day after her college student friend was charged with murder when gory evidence was found at 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 November 22, Local 3 News reported.

According to News Channel 9, police found Pace’s remains a day after her boyfriend, University of Tennessee Chattanooga student Jason Chen, was charged with murder.

When police searched his home, they found bloodstains in the living room, bathroom and bedroom, the outlet reported, citing an affidavit.

They also found broken glass and other evidence that suggested a violent altercation had taken place.

According to police, Chen had recently purchased cleaning supplies that were apparently used to scrub some of the evidence.

Murder victim Jasmine Pace
Pace was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, University of Tennessee student Jason Chen.
Facebook/Jasmine Pace 💜 Tenne

Pace’s mother, Catrina Pace, previously told police that she tracked her daughter’s Chevrolet Equinox on Nov. 26 using MyChevyApp, the affidavit said. She called 911 when she located the vehicle and informed them that Jasmine had texted her its location with a pin on Nov. 23, officials said.

Catrina and her husband went to the Tremont Street address and learned from local residents that Chen lived there, the affidavit said.

Murder victim Jasmine Pace
“The true love and support of the community over the past week has meant more than I can explain,” Pace’s mother, Catrina, wrote on Facebook.
Facebook/Jasmine Pace 💜 Tenne

The apartment was empty but the mother found Jasmine’s driver’s license and credit cards, according to the document, which shows a neighbor had told her there had been a loud disturbance around 2am that day.

The police did not find Chen that day, but returned on November 27 with an arrest warrant and discovered the gruesome evidence.

The following day, police received surveillance footage from the complex, which captured the suspect exiting the property while wearing a mask and a black cloth around his hand, News Channel 9 said.

They used the MyChevyApp to track the vehicle to Chen’s family home in Nolensville, about two hours northwest of Chattanooga, where they took him into custody Tuesday, officials said.

Location where Pace's body was found
The woman’s body was discovered at Block 1000 of Suck Creek Road.
news 9

The suspect had cuts on his hand, according to the affidavit cited by News Channel 9.

He was charged with first-degree murder on Wednesday.

“Our hearts are with Jasmine’s family tonight as they cope with unimaginably difficult news. We are grateful that thanks to 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 to Local 3 news.

“The state of Tennessee is focused on prosecuting Jason Chen to the fullest extent of the law. In that case, justice will prevail,” he added.

A spokesman for the University of Tennessee Chattanooga told News Channel 9 in a statement that the school is “actively monitoring a situation involving one of our students, Jason Chen.

“We are, and will continue to be, cooperating with law enforcement on this matter. Due to student privacy laws, we are unable to provide additional information,” the representative added.

Catrina thanked the community for supporting the torturous 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 terrible event, everyone who has a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, can sympathize with what we are being forced to process,” she wrote Facebook.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/02/missing-tennessee-woman-22-found-dead-boyfriend-charged/ Missing Tennessee woman, 22, found dead, boyfriend charged

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