Posted on November 18, 2015

Eighth-Graders Allegedly Stab Woman to Death at Car Wash, Prop Her Body Up for a Joyride

Nicole Bitette, NY Daily News, November 13, 2015

Two Missouri teenagers fatally stabbed a woman while she was vacuuming her car and then went on a gruesome joyride with her dead body propped up in the front seat, according to reports.

The two boys, 13 and 14, allegedly stabbed 43-year-old Tanya Chamberlain in the face, neck, chest and hands on Nov. 1 as she visited a local car wash and vacuumed her vehicle, according to documents obtained by KCTV5.

Tanya Chamberlain

Tanya Chamberlain

Surveillance video shows the eighth-graders exiting Quick Clean Car Wash wearing distinct hoodies that would later help police identify them as suspects.



The documents state that the teens then took off in the vehicle with Chamberlain’s dead body propped up in the front seat with her feet on the dashboard.

Police pulled over the swerving vehicle about 20 minutes later for what seemed like intoxicated driving.

The boys fled from the vehicle and police lost sight of both of them after a brief foot pursuit, KCTV5 reported.

Inside the car, cops found a blood-covered pocket knife, possibly wrapped in Chamberlain’s hair, in the backseat, the documents state.


After police released the surveillance footage, neighbors and parents of classmates were able to identify the boys as students at Bernard C. Campbell Middle School in Lee’s Summit, a suburb of Kansas City.

The students showed up for school the day after Chamberlain’s death and a fellow classmate’s mother told police that her son said the boys wore the same sweatshirts to school that day.

And another local mom said the boys came to her house in those same sweatshirts after the time of the murder, KMBC-TV reported.