NEWS | Aug. 2, 2021

SAPD, Army CID seek help with Army NCO’s unsolved murder

San Antonio Police Department Public Information Office

The San Antonio Police Department’s Homicide Unit and the Army’s Criminal Investigations Division at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston are asking for the public’s help in identifying a vehicle possibly connected to the Jan. 1, 2021, murder of Army Staff Sgt. Jessica Ann Mitchell.

The vehicle, believed to be a red SUV, was seen driving behind Mitchell’s vehicle northeast on Wurzbach Road around 2:08 a.m. Jan. 1. Through their investigation, detectives discovered red paint on Mitchell’s white Dodge Charger.

On Friday, Jan. 1, Mitchell was celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends at the 4th Quarter Sports Bar located at 8779 Wurzbach. Sometime after 2 am, Mitchell left the bar in her 2019 white Dodge Charger alone.

She was traveling eastbound on IH-10 and just passed the Vance Jackson exit when the SAPD believes someone in a red vehicle opened fire and struck the driver side of her vehicle. Mitchell may have swerved into the red vehicle causing minor damage and paint transfer.

Mitchell was shot several times. She was transported to the hospital, where she passed away at approximately 3:21 am.

SAPD homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help in identifying the red vehicle captured on surveillance video.

There is a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in Mitchell’s murder. People can remain anonymous. Anyone with any information on this vehicle or the case are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 210-224-STOP, reference case SAPD 21-000072.

(Note: The video clip of the vehicle has been posted to SAPD’s social media platforms on Facebook at @SanAntonioPD, on Twitter at @SATXPolice, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/SAPDMSVC.)