Body of Jasmine Pace found in Tennessee River
22-year-old identified by both family and Chattanooga Police Department Thursday
CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — On Thursday night, News 12 received confirmation from the Chattanooga Police Department that the “human remains” found near Suck Creek Road off the Tennessee River were indeed the body of 22-year-old Jasmine Pace.
The department says the Chattanooga Police Homicide Unit began its search of the area at 1:30 Thursday afternoon.
Police shut down a section of Suck Creek Road at the boat launch for then “unspecified” reasons.
Around 5:00 p.m. Thursday evening, Police confirmed that “human remains” were discovered.
Witnesses at the scene report that a body, which we know now to be Pace’s, was pulled from the Tennessee River.
Pace had already been gone for several days before she was reported missing over Thanksgiving weekend.
Her SUV was later recovered on Mountain Creek Road in Chattanooga.
Hamilton Co. District Attorney Coty Wamp said during a press conference Wednesday that evidence of foul play had been recovered from Chen’s Northshore apartment.
According to a police affidavit, a search warrant was executed on Chen’s residence on November 27 just before midnight.
Blood was reported to be on the living room floor, the master bedroom’s carpet and on the bathroom wall.
The affidavit also reports that video footage at a nearby Walgreens shows Chen buying two bottles of peroxide, bandages, rubbing alcohol and a six-pack of paper towels.
On Wednesday, Chattanooga Police and Wamp announced that Chen had been arrested in Nolensville, Tennessee, and charged with criminal homicide.
No further updates on the Pace investigation have been given at this time, as our thoughts and prayers are certainly with Jasmine’s family and friends.
We will continue to provide further reports of this tragic story as they develop.