Missing Tennessee woman is found dead a day after her college student boyfriend charged with murder

Missing Tennessee woman, 22, is found dead by side of road hours after her boyfriend was charged with murder when cops found blood stains at his apartment

  • Body of Jasmine Pace, 22, was found one day after bloody evidence was found the home of University of Tennessee Chattanooga student Jason Chen
  • During a search of Chen’s apartment by police blood stains were found in the living room, bathroom and bedroom together with broken glass
  • 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 is believed to have used Jasmine’s phone to send messages, pretending she was still alive as he fled town – he has now been charged with her murder

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 one day after bloody evidence was found at the home of University of Tennessee Chattanooga student, Jason Chen.

During a search of his apartment by police, blood stains were found in the living room, bathroom and bedroom together with broken glass.

Police also revealed how Chen had seemingly bought cleaning supplies that been used in an attempt to clean up some of the evidence. 

Chen has now been charged with Pace’s murder. 

The body of Jasmine Pace, 22, was found one day after bloody evidence was found the home of University of Tennessee Chattanooga student Jason Chen

The body of Jasmine Pace, 22, was found one day after bloody evidence was found the home of University of Tennessee Chattanooga student Jason Chen

Jasmine disappeared on November 22 with Chen apprehended on November 27

Jasmine disappeared on November 22 with Chen apprehended on November 27

Jasmine’s mother, Catrina Pace, explained to police how she tracked down her daughter’s Chevrolet Equinox car by using an app whereupon she 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 there.

Worryingly, a neighbor also told her how there had been a loud disturbance at about 2am that morning.

During a search of Jason Chen's apartment by police blood stains were found in the living room, bathroom and bedroom together with broken glass

During a search of Jason Chen’s apartment by police blood stains were found in the living room, bathroom and bedroom together with broken glass

Chen was not found until November 27 at his parent’s home in Nolensville, about two hours northwest of Chattanooga.

Surveillance footage obtained by police from Chen’s apartment complex shows him leaving the property wearing a mask with a black cloth wrapped around his hand. News Channel 9 reported.

The suspect had cuts on his hand, according an affidavit seen by Channel 9.

Chen was then charged with first-degree murder.

One family member 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.

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’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

‘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.

‘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.

Chen is believed to have used Jasmine's phone to send messages, pretending she was still alive as he fled town and headed to his parents' home. He has been charged with her murder

Chen is believed to have used Jasmine’s phone to send messages, pretending she was still alive as he fled town and headed to his parents’ home. He has been charged with her murder

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