BRADENTON, Fla. - Eight frustrating years and counting, and still no sign of Jennifer Kesse.
The 24-year-old was abducted from in or around her Orlando apartment on January 24, 2006. The only concrete clue in this cold case is a surveillance video clip, which shows someone driving her car at another apartment complex nearby. The driver is then seen walking around the complex. Police have identified the man or woman as a person of interest in the case.
"Jennifer has seemingly vanished off the face of the earth," said her father Drew Kesse, who lives in Bradenton. "We really cannot grasp that someone hasn't spoken up. It's really hard to believe that we are no closer than we were eight years ago on this day."
Drew believes his daughter may be still alive, suspecting she could be the victim of human trafficking.
"I have believed that since the end of week one. Someone came through, no one knows who they are Orlando, and nothing was taken from her car or the valuables she left behind," said Drew.
What keeps the Kesse family hopeful and motivated, are cases involving people like Elizabeth Smart, and the three women found safe, after being held captive in a Cleveland home for years.
"Maybe someday, we will have the opportunity like their families to bring Jen home," said Drew.
A day that cannot come soon enough.
A $5,000 reward still remains available for information leading to Jennifer's whereabouts. Please call Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477 if you have information.