Massive search for Jennifer Kesse wraps up

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ORLANDO, Fla.,None —

Investigators wrapped up a search for missing Orlando woman Jennifer Kesse on Friday. 

More than 100 officers searched a wooded area  near International Drive and World Center Drive, according to the Orlando Police Department.

Kesse's father, Drew Kesse, told WFTV that he was contacted by Orlando police and was told that they were going to search the area on Friday.

Police have been searching for Kesse since she disappeared from her Orlando apartment on January 24, 2006.



Friday's search was conducted by more than 100 officers from the Orlando Police Department and from the Orange and Osceola County Sheriff's Office. 

"Would she come down here?" WFTV reporter Drew Petrimoulx asked Drew Kesse.

"Absolutely, you got the World Marriot down here. She would have come for the outlets," said Drew Kesse.

Investigators said they have been waiting to search the  wooded area for about six months, but there was too much water covering the ground.

The volunteer group, Central Florida Search and Rescue, lent a hand as well, using maps to track the areas that were being searched.

Kesse was 25 years old when she disappeared from her Mosaic Millenia condo in Orlando.  Police later found her car at an apartment complex a mile from her home.

In 2007, Orlando police released video showing someone dropping off Kesse's car in a parking lot at a condo complex about a mile from where she disappeared. It's the same person caught on surveillance camera walking away from the apartments.

There have never been any arrests made in the case.

Despite the major search effort, authorities told WFTV they found no answers for the Kesse family.

Still, Kesse's parents said they were grateful for the effort. 

"It was an amazing effort. It really was. We just wish it could have been different," said Drew Kesse.


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