A 22-year-old Tennessee woman was found dead Thursday, a day after her college student boyfriend was charged with her murder after bloody evidence was discovered in his home.
The body of Jasmine Pace was found along Suck Creek Road in Chattanooga after she was last seen on surveillance video leaving her mother’s home on Nov. 22, Local 3 News reported.
Police found Pace’s remains a day after her boyfriend, University of Tennessee Chattanooga student Jason Chen, was charged with murder, according to News Channel 9.
When police searched his apartment, they discovered blood stains in the living room, bathroom, and bedroom, according to the outlet, citing an affidavit.
They also found broken glass and other evidence that suggested that a violent altercation had taken place.
Chen had recently bought cleaning supplies that were apparently used to scrub some of the evidence, according to police.
Catrina Pace, Pace’s mother, told police earlier that she tracked her daughter’s Chevrolet Equinox on Nov. 26 using the MyChevyApp, according to the affidavit.
When she found the vehicle, she called 911 and told them that Jasmine had shared her location with her via text on Nov. 23 using a pin drop, officials said.
Catrina and her husband went to the Tremont Street address and learned from residents that Chen lived there, according to the affidavit.
The apartment was empty, but the mother discovered Jasmine’s driver’s license and credit cards, according to the document, which stated that a neighbor told her there was a loud disturbance around 2 a.m. that day.
Police did not find Chen that day, but returned on Nov. 27 with a warrant and discovered the gruesome evidence.
The next day, police obtained surveillance footage from the complex that showed the suspect leaving the property while wearing a mask and a black cloth wrapped around his hand, according to News Channel 9.
Officials said they used the MyChevyApp to track the vehicle to Chen’s family’s home in Nolensville, about two hours northwest of Chattanooga, where they apprehended him on Tuesday.
The suspect had lacerations on his hand, according to the affidavit cited by News Channel 9.
On Wednesday, he was charged with first-degree murder.
“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.
A spokesperson 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 cooperating with law enforcement authorities regarding this matter and will continue to do so. We are unable to provide additional information due to student privacy laws,” the rep added.