Investigators charge suspected boyfriend of Jasmine Pace

Suspect Jason Chen has been arrested for criminal homicide, had "relationship" with missing woman

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — Chattanooga Police are still searching for 22-year-old Jasmine Pace, who recently went missing.

Wednesday afternoon, local officials say they’ve arrested a suspect related to her disappearance.

Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp said “these days are sometimes hard” when providing new updates on the Pace case.

She says finding the missing 22-year-old is the department’s main concern.

Wamp says CPD transitioned the investigation from missing person to homicide this past Sunday based on new evidence.

Jason ChenA suspect has been identified by authorities as Jason Chen, who Detective Zack Crawford says had a “relationship” with Pace.

“The last known location we have for Jasmine would be at Jason Chen’s apartment,” Crawford said. “It’s located in the Northshore area of Chattanooga.”

Wamp says Chen is currently in custody and is facing charges of criminal homicide in Hamilton County.

She says the state of Tennessee is also pursuing first-degree murder charges.

The D.A. says Chattanooga Police are working tirelessly “around the clock” to find Pace, who Wamp says is her office’s top priority.

“The District Attorney’s office often has the privilege of being the voice of victims,” Wamp said.” I want to reassure the family and friends that are here today that Jasmine has a voice through the state of Tennessee, through myself as district attorney general and we won’t stop until we see justice in this case.”

Chattanooga Police Chief Celeste Murphy says that local authorities need “help from the public.”

Both she and the D.A. are encouraging anyone in the community with further details of Jasmine’s location to release them to CPD officials.

“We’re just pleading to anyone that has any information about her whereabouts just please let us know,” Murphy said. “It’s very, very important that we find her.”

“Our main concern is Jasmine and where she is at,” Wamp said. “We will not stop until we find her.”

Numerous members of Pace’s family were gathered today at the press conference, providing support for each other amidst the uncertainty.

Upon asking for an interview, News 12 was told the family is grieving and requested to be left off-camera.

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