ORLANDO, Fla. (WWSB) -It’s been 15 long years for the Kesse family since their loved one 24-year-old Jennifer disappeared.
“We have great hope that this year we’re going to know, maybe not exactly what happened to Jennifer but where we need to go and what we need to do,” said Jennifer Kesse’s father, Drew over the phone with ABC7 on Sunday morning 15 years after his daughter went missing.
On January 24, 2006 Jennifer Kesse left her home for work in the morning and was never seen again. Years ago, her family sued the Orlando Police Department for access to Jennifer’s cold case file.
“We’re fighting through those files,” said Drew Kesse.
With the release of the case documents, the PD also relinquished their investigation making the family the lead on this case. Drew Kesse, Jennifer’s father, tells ABC7 on the 15th anniversary of his daughter’s disappearance that they are glad they took the case over with another team of investigators because his daughters case was collecting dust at the police department with no new information or leads filed since 2010.
“We’ve tried demanding answers, it’s in our court now. The ball is in our hands. We’re moving forward with our own investigation. We’ve had about 22 months of having the files for Jennifer’s case,” said Drew Kesse. “And just two weeks ago we received more files. Pretty discouraging to be honest with you. Almost two years later.”
This year the hope is they’ll have a break in the case.
“We’re really put ourselves in a good position currently. We’re truly starting to talk to the people we really need to talk to which leads us down many paths. But we’re doing the handwork now and we’re moving forward,” said Kesse. “It’s tedious work, it’s going to be long and hard but we’re at the point now where we can see where we can move ahead and we have moved ahead.”
Surveillance video of Jennifer’s car being moved from her condo to another neighborhood 15 years ago remains a big puzzle piece in this case and to this day the person in the video remains unidentified .
“If you know where Jennifer is and the information is real... name your price, go ahead. We’ll get it. We’ll find it somewhere,” said Drew.
Jennifer’s father says the investigation is moving ahead with interviews being done constantly as they inch closer on who may have answers on where she is.
There is still a $15,000 reward for information that leads to Jennifer.