UPDATE@11:35 a.m. (Jan. 6):
Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the death of Tiffany Chambers, according to court records. Hannah M. Whitman, 34, was charged with one count each of complicity to aggravated murder and tampering with evidence. She was booked into the Clark County jail Wednesday morning, according to the court document.
Whitman is being charged because she “did knowingly and willingly participate in the killing of the victim with prior calculation and design, and then assisted in disposing of the body.”
Prentiss Hare, who was convicted of an unrelated murder in December and is currently awaiting trial for rape in the Clark County jail, killed Chambers, according to the court document. Hare “is being charged with one count of aggravated murder,” the document said.
Springfield Police Chief Steve Moody declined to comment.
The following account comes from the court document:
Whitman is Hare’s girlfriend, and the couple traveled to Springfield from Jacksonville, Florida in July 2015. The duo had planned to kill Chambers because she owed Hare an unknown amount of money. They killed her behind a building in the 100 block of West Pleasant Street in Springfield and transported her body to a wooded area in Greene County where the victim’s bones were found 10 months later.
UPDATE @ 3:20 p.m. : A friend of Tiffany Chambers, spoke with Jacksonville, Fla., reporter Deanna Bettineschi:
“Tiffany Dawn Chambers was not just my friend, a sister. I loved her so much since high school she was a sweet person who got into hanging out with the wrong people. I've been looking for her for about a year, have tried everything. When I saw the link that a another person sent me this morning I was in tears. About a year ago Tiffany called two friends and let them know she was in danger. While she was saying that someone entered the room and said, “Who are you talking too did you tell anyone,” and she hung up. That was the last time anyone heard from her I miss her so much I love her so much, please help us find her murderer.”
The friend asked not to be identified.
Skeletal remains found in a wooded area of Spring Valley Twp. last year have been identified as a missing Florida woman, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Tiffany Dawn Chambers, 33, was last seen in Springfield around July 16, 2015, before the remains of her body were located in May 2016, according to officials.
Her identification was made after the attorney general’s office and Greene County Sheriff’s Office unveiled a clay model of her skull in December.
"Now we know the identity of this woman, and law enforcement can begin the task of finding out what happened to her," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.
The case is now being investigated by the Springfield Police Division as a homicide. Anyone with information about Chambers is asked to contact Springfield police at 937-324-7709.