John Walsh admits he hates the term but the family of Jennifer Kesse is still seeking it. According to the website dedicated to finding her, Jennifer will be featured on CNN Headline News – Unsolved Crimes segment – Christmas Eve and New Years Eve, 5 PM EST and 6PM EST on both days.
Nearly 3-year search for Jennifer Kesse continues
“Closure. To be able to have closure, to be able to grieve, to be able to heal you need to grieve. That is where we are — in that limbo of not being able to grieve, and not being able to heal and not being able to move forward because we are caught in this limbo quicksand of where is Jenn and what happened to her. And she deserves and needs to be brought home,” says Joyce Kesse.
Advocacy is a therapeutic reaction. Similar to John Walsh, who became a tenacious criminal hunter as the face of America’s Most Wanted,Drew Kesse has wrapped himself in helping others.
His fingerprints are on Senate Bill 502, the ” Jennifer Kesse and Tiffany Sessions Missing Persons Act,” which expands the Amber Alert system to send out notifications within two hours of any missing person under age 26. The bill was passed earlier this year with the help of Hilary Sessions, whose daughter, Tiffany, went missing on Feb. 9, 1989, in Gainesville, and has yet to be found.
There’s a new cause now. Kesse is lobbying legislators for a bill that would require DNA testing for unidentified human remains in Florida. Right now, that’s an option but not a requirement. Making it mandatory should help many families looking for answers, because DNA testing can identify human remains about 30 percent of the time.
David Russ, who confessed to a 2007 murder, claims to have information about the disappearance of 24-year-old Jennifer Kesse and had his lawyer contact her father, MyFOXOrlando.com reported.
Russ is in the Seminole County Jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to killing Madeline Leinen. He asked to meet with Kesse’s father, Drew Kesse.
SANFORD – At a court hearing today, confessed murderer David Byron Russ, who slipped into the home of a Longwood-area woman, hog-tied then stabbed and strangled her to death, asked the victim’s family to forgive him.
“I just pray that they can find forgiveness for their own benefit — not for mine,” Russ said.
Russ, 46, is facing a possible death sentence. But his case is unusual. He’s banned his lawyer from putting on any evidence that might spare him.