Remains found near Suck Creek Road identified as those of Chattanooga woman Jasmine Pace

Police affidavit details gruesome crime scene

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp looks Wednesday on as Chattanooga Police Investigator Zack Crawford speaks during a news conference.
Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Hamilton County District Attorney Coty Wamp looks Wednesday on as Chattanooga Police Investigator Zack Crawford speaks during a news conference.

Note: This story was updated at 11:43 p.m. to remove a mistaken reference to a specific location on Suck Creek Road.

Chattanooga Police say remains found on Thursday off Suck Creek Road belong to Jasmine Pace, the Chattanooga woman reported missing on Sunday.

Chattanooga homicide detectives found the remains on Thursday around 1:30 p.m., according to Sydney Hamon, public information officer.

Pace, 22, was reported missing on Sunday after she had not been seen or heard from since last week.

Pace's mother, Catrina Pace, tracked Jasmine's car to the Signal View condominium complex at 900 Mountain Creek Road, according to a telephone interview with a longtime family friend, Bailey Putman.

Jason Chen, 22, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with her disappearance and charged with criminal homicide by the Chattanooga police. He is being held at the Silverdale Detention Center without bond.

  photo  Hamilton County Sheriff's Office / Jason Chen
 
 

A sworn affidavit by the department detailed a gruesome crime scene at Chen's apartment on Tremont Street in Chattanooga.

"I observed blood transfer on the living room hardwood floor, bathroom grout, the master bedroom's carpet and blood splatter on the bathroom wall," the affidavit said.

In addition to using the tracking software, Catrina Pace told police that Jasmine had shared her location in a text message to the same apartment complex, according to the affidavit.

"A neighbor also told Mrs. Pace that they heard a loud disturbance at approximately 2:15 a.m." on Nov. 23, the affidavit said.

Homicide detectives interviewed witnesses who said "they heard a loud continuous female scream coming from the direction of (the suspect's) apartment," according to the affidavit.

Surveillance footage obtained from the apartment complex showed Chen walking out of his apartment "wearing a surgical mask and a black piece of fabric on his right hand" on Nov. 23 shortly before 8:30 p.m., according to the affidavit.

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The footage also showed Jasmine Pace's 2021 Chevrolet Equinox being driven by a male wearing the same clothing Chen was seen wearing in the surveillance video on Nov. 23.


After obtaining a search warrant for Chen's apartment, the department's crime scene unit investigators used a forensic tool called Bluestar to reveal blood that had been "washed out, wiped off or invisible to the naked eye," according to the affidavit.

"I observed an extremely large Bluestar reaction on the floor in the living room, bathroom and bedroom area," the affidavit stated. "I also observed that the apartment had been cleaned and all trash bins had been emptied."

Investigators saw Chen in surveillance video obtained on Nov. 28, from a Walgreens on North Market Street, purchasing "two bottles of peroxide and bandages and a six pack of paper towels," according to the affidavit.

Police in Nolensville, two hours northwest of Chattanooga, arrested Chen.

Once in the custody of Chattanooga police, Chen was said to have "lacerations to his right hand and feet" which were indicative of him being in an altercation, according to the affidavit.

"Evidence shows the victim has been transported away from the crime scene location," the affidavit said.

Chen is due to appear before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Larry Ables on Tuesday.

Contact La Shawn Pagán at lpagan@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow her on Twitter @LaShawnPagan.

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