She had everything going for her: A good job, close friends, a loving family, a boyfriend and a brand new condo. Her family describes her as a strong, fun-loving, career-minded, and responsible young woman. So why did Jennifer Kesse seemingly vanish without a trace?
On the morning of Tuesday, January 24, 2006, Jennifer Kesse failed to show up for work at Central Florida Investments, where she was a finance manager. Jennifer was known for her reliability, but on that winter morning 14 years ago, nobody heard from Jen. And that meant something was terribly wrong.
In this podcast, hosted by crime reporter Cristina Corbin, she travels to Florida to uncover new leads, conduct exclusive interviews, and examine evidence in recently unsealed police records.
Years later, the Jennifer Kesse case is anything but cold. In fact, the investigation, by some accounts, is only just beginning.
Leads, Tips, and Legacy - S2 E11
8:43From false confessions to a possible sighting of Jennifer in Mexico, the Kesse family speaks about the dead-end leads over the years. Despite their nightmare, Drew and Joyce Kesse take some comfort in Jennifer’s legacy: a new law in her honor with far-reaching consequences for missing young adults. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Intruders - S2 E10
16:55Tami Valadez, who lived at “Mosaic at Millenia” three years after Jennifer, speaks about disturbing incidents inside her home and claims she was the victim of a sexual crime. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
The Legal Battle for 16,000 Pages - S2 E9
20:48In an unprecedented move for a missing person case, Drew and Joyce Kesse sue the Orlando Police Department for all the records in their daughter’s investigation. The files are rich in information, detailing a cast of people interviewed by police in connection with Jennifer’s disappearance. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Maid of Honor - S2 E8
30:59Kristen Ender and Jennifer Kesse were instant friends when they met as freshmen at the University of Central Florida. Kristen speaks about life without Jennifer, whom she listed in memoriam as “Maid of Honor” at her wedding. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
Man at the Lake - S2 E7
17:03We travel with Mike Torretta, the Kesse family’s private investigator, to Lake Fischer in Orange County, Florida, where a woman reported seeing something suspicious the same year Jennifer disappeared, prompting divers to search the water. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
The Investigator - S2 E6
26:46Retired Orlando Police Sergeant Rich Ring investigated Jennifer’s case from the beginning, employing help from the FBI and NASA to find her. Ring details the many hours of detective work and responds to criticism of the Orlando Police Department’s handling of the case. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
A Witness Speaks - S2 E5
16:18A witness speaks for the first time, claiming she saw Jennifer’s car driving erratically on the day she was reported missing. She describes the incident as a “fight over the steering wheel.” FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
House of Broken Dreams - S2 E3
26:33Drew and Joyce Kesse share stories about their daughter – the scholar and fashionista – from inside their Florida beach home, purchased shortly before Jennifer disappeared. But, in Joyce’s words, it is a “House of Broken Dreams.” FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
The Neighbor - S2 E4
20:46Maintenance men roaming the parking lot at night; dead dogs found near dumpsters; and an unknown man secretly photographing women – one woman shares disturbing details about life at the apartment complex where Jennifer Kesse lived. In an exclusive interview, “Morgan” claims to know the identity of the person of interest in the surveillance video. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal
The Evidence - S2 E2
22:26Police uncover surveillance video showing a mystery figure abandoning Jennifer’s car on the same day she was reported missing. Who is this person? And evidence obtained exclusively by our team suggests a violent struggle on the hood of Jennifer’s car. FNI Season 1 - The Derby City Betrayal