Two suspects, barely teenagers, accused of brutal stabbing death of 43-year-old Lee’s Summit woman

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43-year-old Tanya Chamberlain of Lee's Summit

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — Police arrested two suspects on Wednesday, suspected in the murder of a 43-year-old Lee’s Summit woman found stabbed in her car on Sunday. Police say the suspects are only 13 and 14-years old.

According to police, at about 1:15 a.m., on Sunday a Lee’s Summit officer saw a car with its headlights off and weaving in the road near S.E. 2nd Street and Grand Ave. The officer suspected the driver of intoxication and turned on his lights and siren. The driver of the vehicle pulled over into a parking lot of the apartment complex at that location but then drove over a curb and into a grassy common area, where two males jumped out of the car and ran.

The officer chased them briefly but lost sight of them. When the officer looked in the vehicle, he found the victim, Tanya Chamberlain, 43, of Lee’s Summit, dead in the passenger seat.

Police say the suspects in the case are 13 and 14-years old and both from Lee’s Summit. Officers add that formal charges are pending with Jackson County Family Court.

On Sunday, Lee’s Summit police told FOX 4 that they had a lot of evidence to go through. To put it in perspective, on Sunday, many in the Kansas City-area were thinking about the Kansas City Royals’ fifth World Series game against the Mets, while Tanya Chamberlain’s family and Lee’s Summit Police were dealing with the tragedy of her murder.

On Tuesday, police announced they had identified two suspects and released surveillance pictures.  On Wednesday they announced their arrests. Due to their ages, and until and if they are charged as adults, FOX 4 has blurred the faces of the suspects in the surveillance pictures.

“Detectives worked tirelessly around the clock over the last several days and they sincerely hope their efforts will help bring some resolution to Tanya Chamberlain’s family,” said Lee’s Summit Community Interaction Officer, Beth Glover.

FOX 4 has blurred the suspect's photos because they are minors. (photos courtesy of the Lee's Summit police department)

FOX 4 has blurred the suspect’s photos because they are minors. (photos courtesy of the Lee’s Summit police department)

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