'America's Missing': Video a clue to why Jennifer Kesse never made it to work?
Jennifer Kesse, 24, was last seen on January 24, 2006.
January 20th, 2011
11:30 AM ET

'America's Missing': Video a clue to why Jennifer Kesse never made it to work?

Editor's note: HLN is airing a special "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" with the goal of trying to find 50 people over the next 50 days.

Nancy Grace will take a look at several cases around the nation in hopes of  helping to solve them. This was the third case.

[Updated Thursday at 11:30 a.m.] Jennifer Kesse, 24, last spoke to her boyfriend at 10 p.m. on January 23, 2006 as she was getting ready for bed.

Police know that she left her condo apartment the next day at around 8 a.m., but never made it to work. She was reported missing by 3 p.m.

“It looked like she slept in her bed, she had two or three outfits laid out on her bed as if she was choosing an outfit to wear," her father Drew Kesse told Nancy Grace Wednesday night.  "The bathroom looked like someone got ready to work. The rest of the condo looked perfect. Honestly, it looked like a made came through.”

For police, the biggest clue lies in a piece of surveillance video. It shows someone who appears to be a man dropping off Jennifer’s black 4-door Chevy Malibu about a mile away from where she disappeared in Orlando, Florida.

About 5 years after her disappearance, police say they believe that person knows the most about what happened to Kesse.

For more information on Kesse, her description, and information to contact authorities, visit Nancy Grace's blog.

iReport: Your stories of missing loved ones

Other resources:
America's Most Wanted: Jennifer Kesse

CNN affiliate WFTV's coverage of Jennifer Kesse case:
Reward Raised To $1M In Kesse Case
FBI To Investigate Kesse Disappearance
Man Seen Parking Kesse's Car At Apartment Called Suspect

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Jim Brieske

    Who abducted and subsequently killed her? My theory is the guy from Kansas who abducted the woman from the parking lot and buried her in the large park. He was in Florida.
    If you look at that case in Kansas, he was casual about what he was doing. Not nervous. He had done it before.

    January 19, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nikki

    Jim, that is a good theory and I hope police look into that.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Nikki. Thanks. The easiest way to answer the question is to set up a camera in the same position at the Kansas prison (as the one in Florida at the apartment complex) and get the Kansas killer to walk past the prison camera. Then take a computer program and do an overlap of the two different images. See if they match up.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lynne

    The video shows a very distinctive hat if I am seeing it right. Someone should remember who wore a hat like that. Jim, tell me more about the guy from Kansas.

    January 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske

      Lynne. The 20 something guy in Kansas. Followed the young woman into and around The Target (all on camera) then abducted her in the parking lot. Drove her to a big park area where there was a creek. He assaulted her and killed her near the creek. He actually lived with his girlfriend. I think he drove a truck. Everything on film was casual looking. I mean, I couldn't follow a woman from her parking her car into a store and watch her in the store then leave behind her and not feel totally nervous because of uncomfort. This guy looked like he was heading off to a picnic when he left the store behind her. He was about to abduct, assault and kill her.
      He had done it before. Simple as that.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • JayT

      That would be Edwin Hall. The murdered girl was Kelsey Smith.

      January 20, 2011 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Karin

    On NG last night, the parents of Jennifer were saying that the Orlando police dept. is not taking anymore tips on this case? WHAT??????

    January 20, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sutler

    Per Nancy Grace, whomever she deems to be guilty is guilty! There is no ifs ands or buts. She is the judge, jury and executioner. Just ask the Duke Lacrosse Team. When is CNN going to come to its senses and take this loon off the air?

    January 20, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske,

      Sutler. She suffered the loss of a loved one. What she is doing is good work. She provides the opportunity for healing and greatly increases the possibility these horrendous crimes will be solved.
      What did you do last night?

      January 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Locode

    C'mon CNN, at least you could spell MAID correctly.

    "Honestly, it looked like a made came through.”"

    January 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    I agree that she is trying to help but I find her to be on the attack almost constantly,even to the people she is helping . I know she comes from a prosecutorial background and lost her fiancee but as someone who also has lost a loved one due to crime I dont undertand her need to belittle and verbally abuse people. They are her GUESTS not her emotional or intellectual punching bags .

    January 20, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brieske,

      raven. she has two choices. Either say nothing or correct people. It's best to correct people because if she doesn't then she myswell have the guests appear by themselves with a monologue. That way she is protected from appearing less intelligent.

      January 20, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      Raven, I agree completely. I felt like she was very impatient with Drew Kesse.

      January 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. raven

    Unleash the posters!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jwolff

    Yall be jive turkeys i be a po uneducated person but i can smoke me some drug

    January 20, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Well with all due respect Jim, you have just proven my point. You just expressed a different take on the same topic without condescending to name calling, arrogance or belittling those who dont share your sentiments . Thats how I wish Nancy would conduct herself. But (and I say this without sarcasm)ratings would probably suffer. I think people like seeing just how nasty she can be.

    January 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. beezo

    Better not look to much into this case she sounds white theres black ppl still missing so she needsd to be put at the bottom of the list and they need to get back to all the shaniqas jamals tyriks before the blacks start up again

    January 21, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Daniel

    I see a girl that looks like this every day. I wonder if it's her and she was somehow being controled?

    February 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Janice

    I've tried to call the police & contact the family but says phone numbers are disconnected. Have had numerous dreams about Jennifer. Didn't know it was her until I started looking at Missing People photo's. The picture they have of a suspect is of a woman not a man. She wants everyone to believe she's a man thus the hat with hair up & shoes. Think she found the clothing near the apartment. A woman that she has close contact with. WORK related. WORK WORK WORK. Mentoring a woman at work? A woman who wanted to be like Jennifer but couldn't. Who got promoted after Jennifer went missing? This woman that I keep seeing has been to Jennifer's apartment. Jealous. Woman about 5 ft 2-4 inches tall, dark brown or black hair. On the slim side but not thin. Works out. Lifts weights. Skin tone fair. There's an older man near her. Older as in 50's or early 60's. He plays a part some how or maybe just knows or suspects. The timing. She's concerned about the timing of what she did.

    May 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |