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Orlando police releases age-progression photo of Jennifer Kesse, missing for 9 years

BRADENTON -- Police have released an age-progressed photo of a woman who went missing nine years ago in Orlando, once again increasing the number of leads coming in to investigators on her possible whereabouts.

On Jan. 24, 2006, Jennifer Joyce Kesse, then 24 years old, was last known to be at her newly purchased condominium at Mosaic at Millenia on Conroy Road in Orlando, according to police. She never showed up for work that day, prompting concern and almost immediately launching a search by family and friends.

Two days later, police found her vehicle in the parking lot of another condominium complex about a mile away. Video surveillance showed a suspect parking Kesse's vehicle and then waiting, before leaving.

Jennifer's parents, Drew and Joyce Kesse, who now live in Bradenton, have not given up hope that they will see her again.

On Thursday, Orlando police released the age-progressed photo created by a police forensic artist depict

ing what experts think she may look like today.

"We ask for the public's help in circulating this photo via social media in hopes of finding Jennifer and returning her to her family," police said in the news release.

People with information regarding her whereabouts are encouraged to call the police or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS(8477).

Drew Kesse said he remains in contact with Orlando police about his daughter's disappearance. The case is still active, he said.

"Police are diligently doing what they need to do," he said. "We were surprised what they are doing and with the age-progression, it's already started again with leads."

Tips have never stopped coming in, he added.

I believe we will find Jennifer, I just don't know in what condition," he said.

Jennifer Kesse was born in New Jersey and the family relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 1988. She moved to Orlando to attend University of Central Florida.

Today, her parents said they are thankful that the media and community continue to share the information about their daughter's disappearance.

Life has changed a lot for the family since she disappeared.

"I hate to use the word, but it does ruin your life," he said. "We just live day to day. It's a very different life, it's very stressful. It changes your mind, body and soul."

One thing it hasn't changed is there hope of finding their daughter.

"We're not stopping," he said.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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