NEW YORK (CBS) The FBI has joined the investigation into the disappearance of Florida woman Jennifer Kesse. Jennifer went missing, apparently from her Orlando home, on January 24, 2006. Despite numerous searches, and years of work, police have never arrested a suspect in the case.
In April, the Orlando Police Department informed the Kesses that while Jennifer's case would remain open, absent any new leads, the case could not move forward. But in early June, according to Special Agent Dave Couvertier, spokesperson for the FBI's Tampa field office, the Orlando PD reached out to the FBI, and asked them to assist in the investigation.
Drew Kesse, Jennifer's father, who has been a tireless advocate for his daughter, told Crimesider that he and his wife Joyce and their son Logan met with FBI agents Thursday to discuss the FBI's involvement. "We think it's great," Drew said, and he believes the FBI will work "piece by piece, step by step, until they figure it out."
Couvertier echoes Drew's hopes, telling Crimesider that the Bureau will "look at everything that's been done so far, and make sure that nothing has been missed." Although the FBI's involvement is in the preliminary stages, the agent said, "We hope to bring some closure to the Kesse family."
Jennifer Kesse was 24 years old when she vanished in 2006. No one has heard from her since she made a phone call to her boyfriend - who is not a suspect - the night before she is believed to have disappeared. When she didn't arrive at work the next day, family flocked to her condo. Jennifer's car was missing, and her condo looked, according to family members, as if Jennifer had gotten ready to go to work.
Jennifer's car was recovered days later, just a mile from her home. Surveillance cameras snapped pictures of someone parking Jennifer's car and walking away from it, but the face of the person in the photos is obscured, and he or she has never been identified
Anyone with information in the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse is asked to call the FBI's Tampa office at 866-838-1153.