On January 24, 2006, Jennifer Kesse left her Florida apartment to go to work…and was never seen or heard from again. It’s been 12 long years since her sudden disappearance, and the Kesse family is still no closer to finding out what happened to their beloved daughter and sister. What happened to Jennifer Kesse? Read our Jennifer Kesse wiki to find out all the important details of this case.
For Jennifer Kesse, the morning of January 24, 2006 started off just like any other normal day. She woke up, got ready for work, and headed out the door.
But from that point on, no one seems to know what happened to her—not even the Orlando Police Department, whose officers have been actively investigating the case for nearly 13 years.
So, who is Jennifer Kesse, and what happened to her? Since her mysterious disappearance, this case has gripped the nation with countless media stories, ongoing police investigations, and even heightened public interest in returning the young woman to her family safe and sound.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this missing persons case and how you can help.
Who Is Jennifer Kesse?
Born on May 20, 1981, Jennifer Joyce Kesse lived in Orlando, Florida at the time of her disappearance. She was born in New Jersey to Drew and Joyce Kesse and has one younger brother named Logan Kesse.
The family eventually moved to Florida when she was a little bit older. Jennifer attended Vivian Gaither High School in Tampa.
She went on to graduate from the University of Central Florida in 2003 with a degree in finance. While in college, Kesse was very well liked and was even a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority on campus.
Shortly after graduation, Kesse was able to land her dream job as a finance manager at Central Florida Investments Timeshare Company in Ocoee, Florida. Although she was given numerous job offers at the time, she chose to work for Central Florida Investments because she was an intern there during her college years. She was the youngest manager at her new company.
She was a huge fan of the Dave Matthews Band and was known for her infectious laughter and amazing sense of humor.
Anecdotal evidence from her friends shows that Jennifer Kesse was a great friend and was always ready and willing to drop everything she was doing and help her loved ones whenever they needed it most.
One of Kesse’s friends stated that after she’d gone through a painful breakup, she called Jennifer who lived an hour away. Kesse drove to her house immediately and brought her chocolate, other snacks, and small gift items, and even spent the night with her to help cheer her up.
Kesse, who was just 24 years old at the time of her disappearance, had recently purchased a condo at Mosaic at Millenia, a condo complex located on Conroy Road in Orlando.
It’s safe to say that Kesse was full of ambition and had a very bright, promising future ahead of her. So, what went wrong?
The Events Leading up to Jennifer’s Disappearance
A little-known fact about Jennifer Kesse is that she was fluent in Spanish. Not only could she speak the language, but she could also understand it very well. This fluency came in handy after she moved into her brand-new condo.
The condo complex was undergoing extensive construction around the time she moved there in November 2005. The project was ongoing for months afterward, even during the time of her disappearance.
The construction company reportedly had hired mostly undocumented workers from Mexico, many of whom would reportedly make derogatory and sexual remarks about her every time Kesse would walk past them. Unbeknownst to them, she understood every word of what they were saying and complained about the sexual harassment frequently to her family.
Due to the extensive construction that was going on, many of the units in the complex—including her building—were unoccupied. Kesse suspected many of the construction workers were even temporarily living in the unoccupied condo units so that they wouldn’t have to commute to work every day.
The young woman was always aware of her surroundings, and having to deal with construction workers who would constantly catcall, whistle, and leer at her as she walked by made her incredibly uncomfortable. Her parents instilled a sense of cautiousness in both of their children due to their own experience of being held at gunpoint before Jennifer was born.
As a result, Kesse was hyper-vigilant: she always carried pepper spray with her, and she contacted her loved ones daily to touch base with them.
The weekend before Jennifer Kesse was abducted, she went on a brief vacation with her then-boyfriend, Rob Allen, and his family in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The couple, who’d met at a bar and were dating for about a year at that time, appeared to be very much in love.
The relationship was so serious that they were allegedly contemplating moving in together. The only problem was that he lived in Fort Lauderdale, which was approximately 3.5 hours from where Kesse lived in South Florida.
While they were away on vacation, Kesse constantly kept in contact with her family just to tell them about her trip and let them know that she was safe. She even asked her father what type of rum he liked so that she could purchase it for him.
Jennifer Kesse’s younger brother, Logan, stayed in her condo with a few of his friends while she and Rob were away for the weekend. It’s important to note that Kesse left her pepper spray behind in her condo while on vacation, because she knew it would be confiscated by airport security.
Upon arriving back in Miami on Sunday, January 22, a friend of Allen’s drove the couple to his home in Fort Lauderdale, where Jennifer spent the night.
The next day, she drove directly to work from Allen’s house. By all accounts, this was not out of the ordinary for the then-24-year-old.
On Monday, January 23, 2006, Kesse arrived at work in good spirits and was excited to tell her coworkers about her weekend getaway.
She was last seen leaving work at 6:00 p.m. that evening, and even had a brief conversation with her boss before she left.
When Kesse got home, she called her parents as she did every evening and had a short talk with them. The last person she spoke to on the phone the night before her abduction was Rob Allen. She called him around 10:00 p.m., before they both said goodnight and went to bed.
The Day Jennifer Went Missing
Again, Tuesday, January 24, 2006 seemed to start like just any other day for Jennifer Kesse. Presumably, she woke up in the morning, took a shower, did her hair, put on her makeup, got dressed for work, and headed out the door. Except, no one seems to know exactly what happened to her between the time she exited her condo and walked to her car.
Kesse was never one to not call in sick or to be late to work. When she failed to show up at all and missed a very important meeting scheduled for 11:00 a.m., her coworkers knew something was amiss. That’s when they called Kesse’s parents to let them know that their daughter never arrived at work that morning.
Immediately, the Kesses called the building manager at Jennifer’s condo complex and asked him to check in on her. He told them that nothing seemed out of the ordinary, that she wasn’t there and her car was also missing. They also tried calling Jennifer’s cell phone directly, but it just kept going to voicemail, which was odd because she never turned her phone off or let the battery die.
The Kesse family made the two-hour trip over to Jennifer’s condo and was granted access to her apartment by the building manager. Upon entering the unit, they quickly noted that everything looked normal. Her bed looked like it had been slept in and her shower was still wet from when she used it earlier that morning. Everything seemed to be just as she would have left it.
Even Allen, who was accustomed to getting either a phone call or text from Kesse during his morning commute to work, didn’t hear from her at all that day. He tried calling her cell phone throughout the day, but it just kept going directly to voicemail. That’s when he knew something was wrong, because she always had her phone on her person. While he was worried about her, he also just assumed that she was busy with work, because she had that very big meeting at work that day.
Logan and his friend Travis, who was one of the people staying at Jennifer Kesse’s condo while she was away and had left his work phone there over the weekend, arrived at the condo to scope out the area around 3:00 p.m. Drew and Joyce Kesse arrived at the condo around 3:15 p.m. They noticed everything was clean and tidy, and there was no sign of forced entry, which indicates that their daughter either knew her abductor or was abducted after leaving her condo that morning. Assuming she was abducted, of course.
Jennifer’s family contacted the Orlando Police Department (OPD) to file a missing persons report, but when they arrived on the scene, they initially dismissed the case. Officers believed that Jennifer was probably upset because she got into a minor argument with her boyfriend over the phone the night before and that she would turn up. Her family, on the other hand, knew there was much more to the story.
The Kesses immediately took matters into their own hands and started rallying Jennifer’s friends and loved ones, including Rob Allen, to hand out missing persons flyers with Jennifer’s picture to people throughout the area.
Jennifer’s Missing Vehicle Is Found
Two days after her mysterious disappearance, Kesse’s car, a 2003 black Chevy Malibu, was located at an apartment complex about one mile away from where she lived.
After securing no leads in this case, police were excited to learn that the apartment complex had a security system in place. Unfortunately, they also quickly realized that the surveillance system didn’t record video, but merely took snapshots of the surrounding area.
They uncovered three snapshots of a potential suspect or person of interest who was seen parking the vehicle outside of the apartment complex. However, the person’s face was completely covered by the bars of the security gate outside of the building in all three images. This effectively made it impossible for the OPD and the FBI, who would later get involved in the case, to identify the person of interest over a decade later. Even NASA was called on by investigators to try to enhance the images for a clearer reading. But that effort proved unsuccessful, prompting one reporter to call the person in the pictures “the luckiest person of interest ever.”
A few notable items that were reported missing from Jennifer’s condo were also missing from her car, including her iPod, purse, keys, briefcase, and the clothes she had on that day. However, these are all things she had on her person and were probably taken with her. It’s also worth noting that Kesse had several valuable items in her vehicle, includ