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The Search For Jennifer Kesse Please help in the search for any new leads in the disappearance of 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse, of Orlando, FL, missing since January 24, 2006.

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Family Of Missing Woman Offers $15,000 Reward

January 27, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Police Department held a news conference about a missing woman Friday afternoon. Jennifer Kesse, 24, was last heard from Monday night.

Detectives spent Friday back at her condo complex, while her family members hit the streets trying to get her name and picture to people throughout Central Florida.

Detectives were at the condo early Friday, trying to talk to people who may have seen Jennifer on Tuesday morning before she would normally leave for work. Other than that, the police activity Friday was not as obvious as it was Thursday when there were officers with bloodhounds and search teams all around.

For investigators, Friday was an all out behind the scenes effort to locate the 24-year-old.

Joyce and Drew Kesse made yet another impassioned plea Friday to try and locate their missing daughter. The Kesses are clinging to hope that their daughter, described by friends as "street smart," is still alive.

But the clock is ticking for investigators to find the girl, last heard from by her boyfriend on Monday night.

The only major clue has been her car, found less than a mile away abandoned in a different condo complex. Sources told Channel 9 that detectives were combing through surveillance video from that complex, looking at it second by second for any more clues in the investigation.

"I will confirm there is some video surveillance we will be looking at," said Sgt. Barbara Jones, Orlando Police Department.

Meanwhile, Jennifer's family has increased the reward to $15,000, while decreasing the frequency of its media briefings.

Police are also remaining positive and they have indicated that since the story of Jennifer Kesse's disappearance broke, they have been getting a fair amount of tips, unfortunately just not the big one they need to find out what happened to her.
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The reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Jennifer Kesse now stands at $115,000. An anonymous donor came forward last night with the additional $100,000.
Also, police say they've obtained surveillance video related to the case.
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WFTV.com - News - Reward In Missing Woman Case Increases To $100,000

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Several new photos of Jennifer Kesse were also released to help in the search for the 24-year-old.

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What a beautiful girl. I pray she is safe, but it doesnt look good...
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But the clock is ticking for investigators to find the girl, last heard from by her boyfriend on Monday night.
Are we taking bets on how long it takes this boyfriend to become a "person of interest"???


Word to all of the boyfriends of the world, if your girlfriend/fiancee/wife goes missing:

1. FIND ALL THE RECEIPTS OF PLACES YOU WERE, FIND 5 WITNESSES AS TO WHERE YOU WERE, HIRE A LAWYER.

2. DO NOT BE THE LAST PERSON TO HEAR FROM HER.

3. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE PERSON YOU'RE WITH, TRY BREAKING UP WITH THEM, NOT KILLING THEM.---IT MAKES FOR LESS JAIL TIME
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Searchers Use Horses To Look For Kesse





ORLANDO, Fla. -- Volunteers and officers rode out in force on horseback Sunday, searching for any new leads in the disappearance of 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse.

Many of the searchers said they wanted to saddle up just so they could help the family, WESH 2 News reported.

"We don't want to contaminate any evidence if we do find a crime scene," Orange County Sheriff's Office Master Deputy Terry Brewer said.

Brewer led the search for Kesse on horseback. He said there are benefits to riding a horse.

"Somebody on foot, they can't see over it, where we can see down into it, and we can also get down under the trees, where the helicopter can't get," Brewer said.

Tanya Bulat was one of 14 volunteers joining in the search.

"I have kids, and I really hope we have good news for the family," Bulat said.

Search-and-rescue teams focused their efforts within a 3- to 5-mile radius from where Kesse lived and her car was found.

"She may not even be around here, but we're going to try to eliminate that possibility and help the family out, so they can have some peace," said Bethany Arredonda, a volunteer.

One team searched by a canal and picked up anything that looked suspicious and checked with locals who fish there. Just to be safe, Brewer placed yellow crime tape at a location where a tube of mascara was found. The back of an unlocked truck was also searched, but it was empty inside.

Because a horse's senses are so keen, they're able to pick up on something long before a human can.

"Most of our people know to read their horses. They know their horses real well, so what they'll do is they'll watch the eyes, the ears, the way the horse uses its senses when it's around the area," Brewer said.

That's why Arredonda kept a close eye on Cherokee's moves.

"They're our partner out there. They're working just as hard or harder than we are," Arredonda said.

Officials said they didn't find anything of significance. A $115,000 reward is being offered. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS.

Kesse's Family Seeks Comfort In Church

It's been an emotional week for the family and friends of Kesse. Her family sought comfort in church Sunday.

The Kesse family attended services at First Baptist Church of Orlando, praying with a pastor for the safe return of their daughter and sister. No one has seen or heard from Kesse since Jan. 23.

Her family continued to plead for anyone to come forward with information that might help bring her home.

"That's why we're calling on this person or persons to just -- even if you have just (a bit) of compassion in your heart -- think about that and how it would be to have your daughter taken away from you. So please, just let her go. We're not interested in prosecuting. We just want our daughter back," said Drew Kesse, Jennifer's father.

"Call and say where she is. We just don't care. We want her back. Our family is aching," said Joyce Kesse, Jennifer's mother.

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Investigators Release More Photos In Missing Woman Case




ORLANDO, Fla. -- Police hope photographs of a missing woman's car jog someone's memory. Jennifer Kesse was last seen a week ago. Her car was found Thursday morning about three-quarters of a mile away from her Orlando apartment complex.


Investigators want people to not only look at her car, but also the cars parked around it. Kesse's parents believe, early Tuesday morning, she got up and got ready for work. They think something happened to her after she left for work. Now, they're hoping new photos released Monday will trigger somebody out there to call in with a clue.


The pictures taken by police show Jennifer Kesse's Chevy Malibu exactly the way it was found last Thursday at the Huntington on the Green apartments on Americana and Texas. Her parents hope someone out there recognizes something.


"Take a look at what's around it, some of the vehicles that are around it. I’m asking honestly, if you maybe saw somebody standing by it, maybe someone was sitting in it, maybe someone was just around it. Your car could be one of the cars nearby," said Jennifer's father, Drew Kesse.


Jennifer goes to work around 7:00 to 8:00 each morning. Her family wants to know if anyone saw her driving or saw somebody else driving her car.


"If, by chance, anything, the tiniest of anything, call the authorities. They do not mind. They really want this coming in," Drew said.


Central Florida Crimeline has gotten some tips, but not that many compared to similar high-profile cases.


"We are probably up to about 60 tips right now. Not as many as we thought it would be," said Barb Bergin, Central Florida Crimeline.


Police and sheriff's deputies continued their search Monday of the area around Kesse's apartment and where her car was found, but no discoveries were made.

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Are we taking bets on how long it takes this boyfriend to become a "person of interest"???


Word to all of the boyfriends of the world, if your girlfriend/fiancee/wife goes missing:

1. FIND ALL THE RECEIPTS OF PLACES YOU WERE, FIND 5 WITNESSES AS TO WHERE YOU WERE, HIRE A LAWYER.

2. DO NOT BE THE LAST PERSON TO HEAR FROM HER.

3. IF YOU DO NOT LIKE THE PERSON YOU'RE WITH, TRY BREAKING UP WITH THEM, NOT KILLING THEM.---IT MAKES FOR LESS JAIL TIME
I'm with you on this one. I give it 2 weeks at the most before suspicions start coming out on the boyfriend.
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Police Using Surveillance Video In Search For Woman


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Police are using surveillance video from stores to try to find missing 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse. Officers have already taken the tapes from several businesses located near Jennifer's condo, which is near the Mall of Millenia.

Police are now releasing a timeline as to when they think Jennifer's car came through the South John Young Parkway corridor and detectives are scouring the store surveillance tapes hoping one of the cameras captured something to narrow the timeline.

Jennifer's car is still the best clue police have. A woman, who didn't want to be identified, but lives in the Huntington on the Green apartments where Jennifer's car was found last Thursday morning, remembers seeing the car a whole day earlier, Wednesday morning. She nearly hit it, in the lot.

"My kids were making noise in the car and I almost backed into it," she said. "I didn't notice that car before and, when I noticed it, I knew it wasn't somebody staying around here."

Police want to hear from anyone who may have seen the Chevy Malibu anytime after 10pm Monday night, when Jennifer last spoke to her boyfriend, and Thursday morning at 8am, when the car was found.

Detectives think Jennifer herself, or someone else, was traveling on South John Young Parkway, between Texas and Americana and Conroy Road by the Mall of Millenia, during that time frame.

A manager at the 7-Eleven along John Young and Americana confirmed that police collected their outdoor surveillance tapes looking for clues.

The sheriff's helicopter crew searched the same vicinity and the woods next to Mosaic condos, where Jennifer lives, along with Orlando's mounted patrol. The bloodhounds who first picked up a scent from Jennifer's car last Thursday were on the hunt again at Huntington on the Green apartments Tuesday. Some residents there have been interviewed by detectives two and three times.

Jennifer's family picked up another 50,000 fliers to distribute Tuesday. They now have the help of Orlando firefighters, who have permission to pass out flyers during their calls for service, especially in high crime areas that might not be safe for Jennifer’s family and friends.

Jennifer was last heard from eight days ago and was reported missing after she failed to show up for work Tuesday. Her car was found about three-quarters of a mile away from her condo on Thursday. Police have not yet released what, if anything, they found inside the car.

A $115,000 reward has been established for anyone who has information that will help find Jennifer.

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Missing Woman's Car Found Near Apartment


ORLANDO, Fla. -- Police said they've found a car belonging to a woman missing in Orlando for three days.

Investigators said the car belonging to Jennifer Kesse, 24, was found near her home, WESH 2 News reported.

The vehicle was found at Huntington on the Greens Apartments at Americana and Texas, officials said. The complex is a mile from where Kesse lives.

"We did locate the Chevrolet Malibu with that tag. We did search that vehicle and we did not find anybody in that vehicle," said Sgt. Barbara Jones, of the Orlando Police Department.

The car was spotted by somebody who had seen a report about Kesse on TV. Kesse's boss said she never showed up at work on Tuesday. She was last heard from Monday night.

"I guess the fact that we didn't find her is good, and it still can give us some hope," Jones said.

Joyce Kesse, Jennifer's mother, told WESH 2 News she's very concerned that her daughter's car was found but not her daughter.

Investigators said the Huntington on the Greens complex is their new starting point. They'll question anybody who may have seen the car come in to see if anyone saw who got out of it. They'll also use dogs to track a path from the car.

"We will find her. We will find our daughter. No question about it," said her father, Drew Kesse.

Her family and former University of Central Florida sorority sisters are talking to people around her Mosaic of Millenia condominium to help gather more information.

"Please bring her back if you have her. Please give her back. We would give anything to have her back, anything at all," said her friend, Kristen Luther.

Kesse's car has been towed away and it will be processed for evidence.

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Armchair sleuths abuzz with Kesse tips

Willoughby Mariano | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted February 16, 2006

Concerned citizens, raised on real and fictional crime shows, are turning into armchair sleuths, offering police a parade of suspects and theories in the baffling disappearance of Jennifer Kesse.

They send messages to a Web forum, swapping opinions on whether grainy images of a "person of interest" show a woman or a man, whether the person has on a hat or just an odd hairdo. Some post satellite images of the condominium complex where Orlando police found Kesse's abandoned car and suggest places for searchers to check.

Others call Crimeline or post Internet comments with their hunches -- all unsubstantiated -- asking police to check on Kesse's boyfriend, maintenance workers at her condo complex, local sex offenders and even two youths arrested in a nearby kidnapping and rape in MetroWest.

The public long has offered homemade crime theories to police, but never as they do nowadays, when the Internet provides unlimited cyberspace for would-be profilers, law-enforcement expert Richard B. Weinblatt said.

And with crime a prime topic on shows such as America's Most Wanted, CNN's Nancy Grace and Fox News' Greta Van Susteren, local cases such as Kesse's are presented to audiences throughout the country, meaning the neighborhood watch has gone nationwide.

"It's almost a case of, 'be careful what you wish for,' " said Weinblatt, a former police chief who teaches at Seminole Community College.

Kesse, a 24-year-old financial analyst, was reported missing when she did not show up for work on Jan. 24. Her car was found two days later, at a complex about a mile from her Conroy Road condominium -- triggering a frenzy of media coverage, police activity and public interest -- that has kept Kesse's smiling face on local and national news shows and Web sites.

By all accounts, she led a life on the straight and narrow, making her disappearance one of the rare missing-persons cases where a troubled past doesn't explain what happened.

Speculation on her whereabouts has rolled in, much of it as posts on Web sites such as the Orlando Sentinel's Crime Blog

(OrlandoSentinel.com/orlandocrime) and jenniferkesse.com, a site the family is using to connect with the community members who have turned out by the hundreds to search for clues.

Some Web comments mix prayers for the Kesse family with frustration at the lack of information that police have made public, assuming -- wrongly, police say -- that the silence of detectives means they aren't already doing many of the things people suggest.

Police say they have released limited information, fearing they might jeopardize the investigation.

Check her alarm clock

On jenniferkesse.com, visitors have swapped names of specific criminal profilers or psychics they think Orlando police should consult.

Some people give investigators detailed advice, asking them, for example, to check whether Kesse's alarm was set to ring Jan. 24, the morning when she failed to show up for work, or whether her computer's Web history searches and e-mails were checked.

As of late Wednesday, there were more than 370 messages on 121 topics on the site's "suggestion" forum.

"Were there any moving vans/trucks in the complex on Monday 1/23 or Tues 1/25?" reads a typical comment on the site. "Have these all been checked out? Also is there a garbage pickup on Tuesday Morning? Maybe they saw something. Are there any people with medical conditions . . .? Might want to question them, they sometimes have delusional feelings/fantasies or relationships in their mind with people that haven't a clue how they feel."

3,200 words of advice

One Web posting on the Kesse Web site is more than 3,200 words long, throwing out a blizzard of questions and ideas that could serve as a worthy outline for an episode of CSI. Another offers to contact a person at NASA who may be able to provide real-time satellite images of possible crime scenes.

Some tips come in the old-fashioned way -- by phone. More than a dozen psychics have called Orlando police offering their visions, said homicide Sgt. Richard Ring, who is supervising the investigation. And Crimeline has received an unusual number of calls from people offering advice to cops, rather than typical informational tips, said Orlando Detective Barb Bergen, who helps manage the anonymous-tip hotline at 1-800-423-8477.

The sheer volume of information and advice means that the task of sifting through the information is daunting. Crimeline makes reports on each one of its Kesse callers, who could be eligible for a reward of up to $115,000.

Orlando police also logs its tips -- even the ones from psychics, Ring said. Real tipsters sometimes pose as psychics to conceal their identity.

Drew Kesse, Jennifer's father, regularly pleads with television audiences to report even seemingly insignificant information to authorities. They also monitor postings on their Web site daily and pass some of the advice to police, Drew Kesse said.

"We don't know what information will lead us to Jennifer," Kesse said.

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'Unauthorized' Kesse Donation Web Site Questioned

POSTED: 5:50 pm EST March 9, 2006

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The family of a missing Orlando woman is questioning an unauthorized donation Web site that implies it was approved by family and Crimeline, according to a Local 6 News report.

After Crimeline gave back $100,000 of reward money in the missing person case of Jennifer Kesse, the family received an e-mail that a Web site was created overnight asking for public donations.

The Web site implies that it has the blessing of the Kesse family and the "green light" from Crimeline to collect donations through Paypal, the report said.

However, a Local 6 News investigation found that neither the family nor Crimeline has approved the site.

"The family has concerns about the motivation behind it," Local 6 reporter Louis Bolden said.

"It sends up a red flag to me as well," mother Joyce Kesse said.

"Tell me why," Bolden said.

"Well, where is the money going?" Kesse said. "Without anyone communicating with us, how do we know where that money is really going? I find it somewhat frightening and who would have ever guessed that we would be in this situation?"

The Web site is the latest in a series of Internet problems for the family.

The family is also dealing with the backlash of two "Jennifer Kesse" Web sites created without their permission, Bolden said.

Both sites had forums that allowed so-called "armchair sleuths" to post outrageous theories about Kesse's disappearance.

"We are trying to find Jennifer and any side things that come up or side issues, it does make frustration for you," father Drew Kesse said.


The family has been able to gain control of one of the Web sites.

"I guess the Internet grew so fast, so quickly, there probably needs to be regulations on these very same things," Joyce Kesse said.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Kesse family may do so at any Bank of America location through the Find Jennifer Kesse Trust Fund.
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Reward for woman's return increased

AMY C. RIPPEL

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Time-share mogul David Siegel raised the stakes Monday in the three-month search for a missing Orlando woman.

Siegel put up $250,000 for the safe return of Jennifer Kesse, 24, who was last heard from in late January.

Siegel previously put up $100,000 for Kesse's return and asked to remain anonymous, but the reward was retracted after a dispute with Crimeline administrators.

This time he's going public, raising the amount and setting a deadline - May 24 - with hopes it will bring Kesse home alive, he said.

Siegel said the money comes with no strings.

"We don't care about prosecution, whether 'someone' is caught or not," he said. "All we want is Jennifer back."

Kesse's father, Drew Kesse, said the family is grateful.

"Obviously, a quarter-million dollars puts a lot of people in a different tax bracket," Drew Kesse said Monday. "All we are looking for is getting Jennifer back. We're giving absolutely every person the opportunity to come forward."

Kesse was last heard from at 10 p.m. Jan. 23, when she spoke to her boyfriend by phone from her condominium near the Mall at Millenia in southwest Orlando. The next day, she didn't show up for her job as a financial analyst at one of Siegel's companies, Central Florida Investments.
No one has used Kesse's credit card or cell phone since her disappearance, authorities said.

The Kesse family continues to hope someone will identify an individual who was seen near an apartment where Kesse's car was found Jan. 26. There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to that person.

Siegel said he decided to offer the bigger reward because of concern about the family.

"We want her back now, not a year from now," he said. "I just felt like $115,000 didn't do it. If I made it $250,000, maybe that will get somebody's attention."

After putting up the $100,000 reward days after Kesse's disappearance, Siegel got into a dispute with Crimeline officials because he didn't want to pay a reward for her body or a conviction, but rather for her safe return. He also objected to Crimeline keeping the interest made off his money.
The reward was returned to Siegel in March.

"We keep hoping," Siegel said. "It would be the happiest day of my life to write that check."

Anyone with information about Kesse can call (407) 722-2162. Crimeline also is accepting tips at (800) 423-8477 and is offering a separate $15,000 reward.
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It's now been over 6 months since Jennifer Kesse "vanished". It has been reported that her boyfriend was the last one to speak to her, by phone, the night before she vanished. He has been cleared as a suspect by LE. To date LE has made no arrests and they have not found Jennifer.
The rewards currently total, I believe, $15,000. Just thought I'd bring this group up to date.
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