Eight years later, and still no sign of Jennifer Kesse

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Posted: Friday, January 24, 2014 10:30 pm | Updated: 3:01 pm, Tue Jan 28, 2014.

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. 

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  • Alyssa2014 posted at 5:56 pm on Sun, Feb 23, 2014.

    Alyssa2014 Posts: 1

    Nobody can *assume* without any concrete information that a missing person is deceased. That's just common knowledge. At this point, no possibilities can be eliminated. She could be a victim of human trafficking just as much as she could be a victim of a stranger-abduction. Until there is forensic evidence linking directly to Jennifer, any presumptions are just that. Presumptions. I for one hold out the hope that she will come home someday, and hopefully very soon.

  • wimpy posted at 9:57 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

    wimpy Posts: 1

    I would like for someone more knowlegeable , how to use this computer ,to tell me if they no of the picture of the gate where Jennifer s car was parked or by her home , who the man with the baseball hat is ? The picture is with the gate open . I don't need his name , just if he is identified or is he apoliceman doing a re-enactment ?

  • tim posted at 9:40 am on Sun, Jan 26, 2014.

    tim Posts: 106

    i commented on this story several days ago but my conservative views were edited. let's try again, shall we?


  • jaokguy posted at 9:28 pm on Sat, Jan 25, 2014.

    jaokguy Posts: 2

    Unfortunately for the Kesse family I think the reason "nothing of value" was taken from her car is because that's not what the perps were interested in that morning. Their objective imo was HER, not her belongings. I too think the cops working this case have iqs similar to their sleeve sizes. Eight years with this kind of "progress" is abhorrent, hideous, and an embarrassment. I guarantee she's within 3 miles of her apartment too, and always was. The poIice in this case are directly from Keystone…I don't think her disappearance has anything to do with trafficking either. I wish it did as she'd still be alive.


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