A murder investigation has been launched in Panola County, Mississippi, after 19-year-old Jessica Chambers’ death on Saturday.
According to The Independent, she was burned alive in the US after being beaten and having lighter fluid poured down her throat.
Firefighters called to her burning car in Courtland found her walking down the road on fire, her father said, and she died of severe burns later in hospital.
“They squirted lighter fluid down her throat and in her nose, and apparently they knocked her out,” Ben Chambers told television station WDBD-TV. “She had a big gash on top of her head.
“When the fire department got there, she was walking down the road on fire … only part of her body that wasn’t burned was the bottom of her feet.”
Mr Chambers, who works for the Panola Country Sheriff’s Department as a mechanic, said she used her last breaths to try and tell paramedics who attacked her, although police said they could not confirm the claim.
Detectives are working to learn who the Miss Chambers may have been with before her murder and examining CCTV footage and her mobile phone.