missing: jennifer kesse

Jennifer Kesse (born May 20th, 1981) went missing on January 24th, 2006 from Orlando, Florida aged 26. On January 23rd, Kesse left her job as a finance manager in Ocoee at 6 pm and has not been seen since. That evening, she made several phone calls to family and friends, with the last call to her boyfriend taking place at 10 pm. Normally, Jennifer would call her boyfriend every morning to wish him a good day, however on January 24th her boyfriend received no calls, and all attempts at ringing Jennifer redirected to voicemail. When Jennifer failed to arrive at work that morning, her employer contacted her parents who drove to her house in order to find her. They arrived at an empty condo, with nothing out of the ordinary and work clothes laid out, suggesting Jennifer was at home that morning, getting ready for work. Her parents proceeded to ring the police, who at first believed she may have had an argument with her boyfriend and would later return. However, after no developments, the police began to take the case more seriously and set to work on organizing search parties to look for Jennifer.

With no signs of forced entry or a struggle, investigators theorized that Jennifer left her condo for work on the morning of the 24th, and was abducted at some point between her home and her car. Two days later, on January 26th, Jennifers black Chevy Malibu was found parked at a condo complex around a mile away from her home. Investigators believed this was a major breakthrough, as the complex had several hidden surveillance camera's installed, some of which were viewing the car and the exit. The surveillance video shows an unidentified person of interest dropping off Jennifer's car at around noon on the day she went missing. Unfortunately for investigators, the persons face is obstructed by metal bars in each of the three pictures taken of him. Due to the lack of visible physical features, family and friends could not identify the individual and police have struggled to narrow down the search pool.

Investigators did, however, conclude that the valuables left in Jennifer's car ruled out the robbery motive. A search dog tracked a scent from the car back to her apartment complex, suggesting the suspect had returned to her condo after dropping off the car. No evidence was found along the route from her condo to her parked car, and forensic investigators only found two pieces of evidence in her car, a latent print and a small DNA fibre. Investigators believe the car was wiped down. The only items known to be missing are her cell phone, iPod, keys, purse, briefcase and the clothes she was wearing. Her phone remains off and her bank cards have never been used since.

Investigators questioned her family and friends in an attempt to establish if anyone would have a motive for the abduction. Her ex-boyfriend, who recently tried to rekindle their relationship, was questioned regarding Jennifer's disappearance however it was ultimately concluded he had no involvement. Her boyfriend at the time was also questioned, however his alibi was solid and he was ruled out. At the time of her disappearance, Jennifer condo complex was undergoing a major expansion and many of the workers were illegal immigrants. Jennifer regularly commented on the fact they continued to catcall and harass her, so investigators attempted to question all of the workers. This proved very difficult, however eventually no leads were discovered. Investigators then turned to her place of employment. A forensic analysis of her computer showed a coworker had tried to pursue a relationship with Jennifer, of which she declined. The man was interviewed many times however it was concluded that he was unlikely to have had any involvement. Jennifer's family and friends have remained open to the possibility that she was a victim of human trafficking, but do not consider it likely.

In May 2007, the head of the company Jennifer worked for offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Jennifer, with a deadline of July 4th, however, this was never claimed. Central Florida Crimeline still has a $5000 reward for information that leads to Jennifer. As of June 10th, 2010, the FBI has taken over Jennifer's case and she remains endangered and missing on the FBI's Most Wanted/Missing list. Investigators continue to receive tips weekly, however, no tips have led directly to any new information. The latest search for her took place in February 2004, after a tip came in regarding her possible whereabouts, however, nothing was uncovered. Her family and police have not given up hope regarding discovering what actually happened to Jennifer that day, and as technology develops, it is possible eventually a key clue will be unveiled.

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