ORLANDO, Fla. - A 24-year-old woman disappeared from her Orlando home 12 years ago today and police said this morning that they are still receiving tips as they hunt for Jennifer Kesse.
Orlando Police Chief John Mina renewed the plea for anyone with information to come forward with critical information in the case.
“Throughout the years, the public’s interest in this case has not waned,” he said.
More than 160 tips were received in the last five years, including one that was offered just last week, Mina revealed at a news conference at the corner of Texas Avenue and Americana Blvd.
The CrimeLine reward has been increased to $15,000.
Eighteen new billboards with Kesse’s photo and reward information have been posted around Orlando, Mina added.
The father of the missing woman thanked his wife, Joyce, for her strength in this trying missing persons case.
Drew Kesse also quoted the late Glenn Frey of the rock band Eagles in describing his daughter’s life.
“There’s a fine line between the American Dream and the American nightmare. I think Jennifer has experienced both sides of that fine line,” said her father, who also admitted that he doesn’t know what else to say or do after 12 years.
“We’ve done so many things,” he said of the effort to “touch someone’s heart just enough” to find out what happened to his daughter.
Kesse disappeared on January 24, 2006. Her missing car was found at The Huntinton on the Green condos about a mile from her home. A person of interest was captured by a security cam, but never positively identified.