Friends, Family Search For Missing Woman
POSTED: 6:13 am EST January 27, 2006
UPDATED: 7:01 am EST January 27, 2006
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Friends and family will launch a major search Friday to find An Orlando woman who has been missing for nearly four days.
Police discovered Kesse's car, but that's the last big break, and it happened Thursday morning, WESH 2 News reported.
The search is set to begin at 7:30 a.m., and about 100 of Kesse's friends and family members will gather at the Huntington on the Green condominium complex, where her car was found.
They'll fan out to area intersections to distribute flyers. They're hoping someone might recognize Kesse and pass along some information about her disappearance.
There was a glimmer of hope Thursday when Kesse's car was found about a mile from where she lives. A bloodhound followed a scent from the driver's seat of her car right back to the condominium complex where she lived. An intense search in the nearby woods did not appear to turn up any new clues.
But Kesse's father had an emotional message for his daughter Thursday night, and he remains hopeful.
"Your family and your friends love you. We know you are there. We will find you. We will not stop, and God, we will find you, and just be smart, as we know you are, and be strong, as we know you are," Drew Kesse said.
A family friend said there has been no new activity on Kesse's cell phone, credit cards or her E-Pass. She was reported missing when she failed to show up for her job as a financial analyst Tuesday morning. The last known contact with her was a phone conversation with her boyfriend around 10 p.m. Monday.http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...home-headlines
Father asks for help in search for missing daughter
Search for 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse continues into fourth day
Henry Pierson Curtis and Rich McKay | Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted January 27, 2006, 7:27 PM EST
The search for a missing Orlando woman continued today with renewed pleas for the public's vigilance.
Drew Kesse asked that everyone keep an eye out for his 24-year-old daughter, not just in Central Florida but nationwide.
"Even if you're in Kansas or Massachusetts,'' he said, saying even the most seemingly inconsequential tip could help find her. "This is how it works.''
The search for Jennifer Kesse began Tuesday after she did not show up for work. The absence alarmed family and friends, who contacted police saying she wouldn't miss an appointment without notifying someone of her plans.
News coverage of her disappearance led to the discovery of her car Thursday morning, when a TV viewer recognized the black Chevrolet Malibu parked about a mile from Kesse's home at another condominium complex on Americana Boulevard.
Orlando police will not speculate on what happened to Kesse, a financial analyst who graduated from the University of Central Florida.
"We have a lot of work to do and the detectives are working methodically through all the information they have received up to this point to try to find Jennifer," police spokeswoman Sgt. Barbara Jones said this afternoon.
Three detectives are assigned to work on the case through the weekend and others will be called in as needed for fresh leads, according to police.
Jones confirmed that a bloodhound tracked the scent of whoever abandoned Kesse's car back to her home at Mosaic at Millenia, a condominium complex. She declined to say what clues, if any, were found in the car. Investigators are studying video from a surveillance camera for clues, but Jones would not comment on what it shows or where the video was shot.
However, the parking space where the car was recovered at Huntington on the Green condominiums is almost in direct line of sight of a surveillance camera mounted on the complex's pool house.
Kesse's network of family and friends spent today handing out fliers about her disappearance to motorists at intersections.
Posters with a photograph of the 5-feet, 8-inch, 135-pound blonde with green eyes are taped to mailboxes and signs in southwest Orlando and nearby neighborhoods in unincorporated Orange County. Each carries the telephone number of Crimeline at 800-423-8477, a clearinghouse for tips.
At a midday news conference, Drew Kesse spoke directly to his daughter while appealing for the public's help.
"Jennifer, I am going to find you," he said. "You stay (safe), be smart. I will find you.''