Jennifer Joyce Kesse

Crime, Podcasts, True Crime

Without digging too deep into Jennifer Kesse’s disappearance, you would fully understand she was a stand up citizen. Episode 8 of Unconcluded, focused simply and solely on Jennifer’s individuality and experiences with loved ones.

Just knowing the simple fact that she moved into her first apartment at 24 years old is enough to realize her mature responsibility. I’m galaxies away from properly adulting. Times today are different though.

Jen could make a killer mac and cheese. She could recite an entire rap song after a couple of listens. Even after one of her roommate’s was experiencing a tough breakup, Jen drove an hour to deal and comfort her friend. Overall it’s understood Jennifer was genial, compassionate, and considerate.

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Again, I didn’t need to undertake these details to see Jennifer was a great person before Unconcluded came around. White noise, misinformation, and ignorance will make some people think a certain way about a missing or murdered person. Just like Drew Kesse said, Jennifer is not an object. Some of those people who view her as such do not grasp the big picture.

Besides that I’m glad Jen’s family and friends reinforce to the public that she was very conscious for her own safety. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand Jen possessed a low victimology profile.

I want to discuss the episodes involving the alleged witnesses who saw Jennifer before or after she disappeared.

Lisa from Tennessee rushed out of the blue. For a moment I thought she’s a raconteur. Possibly how she could have remembered specific details from an uncomfortable encounter that occurred in 2006 or 2007? While I’m sympathize with her story, I don’t believe Lisa actually witnessed Jennifer at the jewelry store. The incident sounds stranger than fiction. Likely it’s just mistaken identity. Anyways I appreciate that Lisa contacted the Unconcluded hosts, which led down the path for her speaking to the Orlando Police Department and the FBI.

Erica’s story is the one I keep thinking about. Back in early June, after I attended the final day of CrimeCon in Indianapolis, I listened to ‘Roundabout’ in my Airbnb. Given the proximity of the Northridge Apartments to the Mosaic at Millenia, I truly believe Erica encountered that brief meeting with Jennifer. I don’t think you can mistaken Jen introducing herself by name and having a real sit down about things. The specific detail about Kesse sounding cutely like the word ‘kisses’ and Jen’s unique physical description according to Erica sounds like a dead ringer. Things became all too real when she witnessed the local news circulating Jen’s disappearance in real time.

However, Erica’s description of seeing a blonde woman being sort of subdued on January 23, 2006, sounds weird to me. While she may have witnessed the uncomfortable encounter, I do not know whether the blonde was actually Jennifer herself.

Moreover, the episode ‘HOTG’ (short for the Huntington on the Green apartments) included a resident by the name of Flo. Flo sounds just as sincere as Lisa and Erica but it’s rather weird to come across Jennifer on January 24, 2006. Jen’s Chevy Malibu was dumped at the HOTG by noon. By the time she allegedly and politely greeted, “Hey, how ya doin?” to Flo around 3PM, Jen’s family frantically arrived at the Mosiac at Millenia. I haven’t seen a picture of the prostitute who resembles Jennifer, but I’m willingly to bet the prostitute greeted Flo on that day.

It’s been repeated that the construction workers employed for the Mosiac at Millenia catcalled Jen. Some women feel flattered by catcalling while other women do not appreciate getting recognized in this detached, sexualized manner. I’m sick of men addressing women this way. While this detail is likely not too significant to the investigation, it still indicates Jen felt discomfort with unwelcomed attention by strangers. It’s rather unfortunate that the workers could not be traced. It’s very possible someone close became fixated towards Jennifer.

USA Today, Herald Tribune, and Crime Watch Daily have contributed articles in the last two weeks dedicated to Unconcluded’s efforts in vocalizing Jen’s cold case. I’ve haven’t seen an investigative podcast gather local and national attention lately besides Serial and Accused. I hope the Tampa and Orlando news affiliates that interviewed Shaun become a game changer. It’s important to show a real face bringing this case to the surface. I’m sure the person of interest who dumped the Malibu at the HOTG watched the segments. He better not forget what’s going on. He should be sweating in fear.

Somebody knows who you are.

A GoFundMe page was created recently to support the Kesse’s in bringing more awareness to Jennifer’s case. I will be donating soon. Anyone who remotely cares about this investigation should offer financial help. So far over $1000 has generated — a great lead by far.

 

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Unconcluded Episode 3 – Person of Interest

Crime, Podcasts, True Crime

IMG_5601The opening of Unconcluded was reminiscent of Serial: Scott inspecting the Huntington on the Green while on call with co-host Shaun. The tone of Scott’s voice was concerning. Being stared by some unknown men, he became flustered and told Shaun to stay on the line with him. With no explanation of the location or subject matter, this opening would sound pretty tense to outsiders. Hearing a grown man feel fear comes off a little cinematic.

Between the HOTG and the Mosaic at Millenia, a contrast lies. Retails stores like Best Buy circulated near Jenn’s apartment. The spot where her Malibu was dumped shows a different picture. I’ve never been in an environment where a “no guns allowed” sign welcomed an apartment building. The fact that the HOTG pool rested near street view versus a private back entrance is weird. My advice as a lifelong Florida resident is to not live in a spot where passerby can easily spot you in a bikini.

While the Kesse’s rushed to the Mosaic circa 3PM on Monday, January 24, Joyce wouldn’t see the CCTV footage until the following Friday. I’m sure she felt an invasion of privacy seeing the man walk away from the scene. The audacity of it all. In her initial description the person of interest looked like a teenager with a tight bun. That kind of physicality never crossed my mind. The man appears to sport a bowl cut. Based on FBI’s estimation this POI stood between 5’3” to 5’5”.

Weird to imagine this guy taking on Jen at her 5’8” height.

If Jen’s case reached resolution, I could easily envision it being covered on Investigation Discovery’s See No Evil. 

The case continues being frozen even after the footage was fully released in May 2007. 

I recently watched the 48 Hours program on Jen’s disappearance called “Stolen Beauty”, which includes the recently resolved case of Tara Grinstead. While the cases possessed similar hall markings, it was alluded if both were connected. Ocilla, Georgia is nothing like Orlando. You can’t compare small town USA with a major metropolitan city that hosts a universal vacation destination by the name of Disney. Tara and Jen vanished three months apart but that means very little.

People disappear everyday. 

One of the OPD detectives who investigated Jen’s case mentioned it’s the hardest case he’s worked on in his 20 year career. The feeling’s mutual when there aren’t enough clues to determine. I believe somewhere in police files lies an important nugget of information.

Neighbors didn’t witness Ryan Duke enter Tara’s property. The same can be described for the POI in Jennifer’s investigation. Ryan had not once surfaced on police radar until his arrest in February 2017 — almost 12 years after Tara was reported missing.

It’s an unbelievable thing for people to become missing and murdered before your eyes.

Was it premeditated? I would yes. The time stamps described by Shaun on ‘Person of Interest’ indicates the man dropped off the car and walked away no less than a minute. He walked 102 feet into obscurity. Jen’s remains were hidden or buried really well to secure his alibi by noon.

Joyce corrected herself in episode 3 by stating the dog scent actually led to the bottom stairwell of the Mosaic overlooking a pond.

Seems to me her Malibu was their –POI and Jen– main mode of transportation during the commission of the crime. If he accessed his own car, I don’t think he would have utilized Jen’s to begin with.

The forensic evidence taken from her vehicle is of interest. Was there male DNA from the POI? How much gas was in the tank? 

When Logan and his friends stayed over Jen’s apartment while she vacationed in the St. Croix, did they see or experience anything vital?

Down the line I’m interested to hear about the people in Jen’s life. This will be discussed in episode 4 of the podcast. I’m expecting to hear about her supposed creepy co-worker. Somewhere on the internet I read one lengthy detailed blog about this guy. There’s also a local Hispanic man possibly pointed as the POI on Websleuths. He looks very convincing in my opinion. Before Unconcluded premiered I would think about these two separate guys from time to time. There’s a chance for a wider audience to learn about these individuals. From there we can work on offenders or killers in the vicinity, including women who have been attacked or gone missing like Jennifer. 

I think we can learn a thing or two about approaching investigations through podcasts, even coming from Up & Vanished, the podcast about Tara Grinstead’s disappearance. While Tara’s case does not immediately connect to Jennifer’s, the ways to network and discover information has become more intimate than hiring a private investigator. The city of Orlando should be aware of Unconcluded through the media. Newspapers, online articles, and interviews can broaden the podcast’s profile.

The tree shook Tara’s case this way.

More coverage means bringing even more heat. 

It’s all about cracking the killer or killer’s family and friends to speak up.  

 

 

 

 

 

Unconcluded Episode 2 – Endpoints

Crime, Podcasts, True Crime

Finally the two week wait was over. Episode 2 of Unconcluded arrived yesterday. A surprised awaited the audience:

Joyce Kesse.

Considering that Unconcluded recently premiered, I find Joyce’s sudden appearance unprecedented for any podcast on the scene covering an investigation of this capacity.

I did forget to mention in my last post that Joyce was acquainted with Shaun’s wife. This significant detail makes Shaun and Scott’s mission with Unconcluded much more personal.

IMG_5498Pretty much Joyce’s on board with the podcast. The discussion on Jennifer was really interesting. The particularities of her personality caught my attention such as Jenn preferably showering in the mornings, going over the latest Law & Order episodes with her mom, and checking the surroundings around her Honda vehicle.

The little things.

The misinformation in which the guys teased in the days leading up to ‘Endpoints’ actually dealt with confusion on the case timeline. The Kesse clan arrived at the Mosaic at Millenia by Tuesday afternoon at 3:15 PM — not at noon as Shaun had originally thought according to reports made on Greta Van Susteran’s former FOX NEWS show.

Meanwhile Jenn’s Honda was dumped at the Huntington on The Green Condominiums three hours before around 12:00PM. I understand why Shaun felt stumped for a moment: he assumed Jenn’s family arrived when the person of internet just barely covered their tracks around the corner.

Unfortunately the mark was missed.

An unnatural turn events occurred on January 24, 2006, so much for the Kesse family to hit the road right away. Normally one would think maybe the person fell ill, left their phone at home, etc. Jenn scheduled responsibility and tactfulness into her life. I’m confounded on how her disappearance unraveled.

 

I Google Map searched her neighborhood. Tranquility is what I sensed. Shift down to the houses on Moxie Blvd, they resemble distinctly to the ones near my former residence. As for the Huntington apartments, I can see why people say it’s “rough”. Rusty might be another way to describe the scenery. A shoddy-esque plaza sits next to these apartments. Familiar parts unknown as such existed close by where I lived.

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The matter of fact way this elusive figure strolled by doesn’t surprise me. He doesn’t appear alarming or dangerous. People who might have witnessed his presence don’t recognize the significance of his role. When you think about it… people are away working or leaving for lunch break at noon. The mundane activity happening in the vicinity comes off typical for Tuesday. This person recognized the dismal neighborhood vibe besides his obliviousness to CCTV.

Confounding and serious questions come up.

Did the POI knock on Jenn’s door?

Was she snatched in the parking lot?

Did the POI break and enter in her Mosaic apartment?

When did they encounter each other?

Maybe Jenn was cajoled somehow.

The shower detail seems rather ordinary.  The damp towel found in Jenn’s home. The clothes positioned on her bed. Just sounds like Jenn rose early in preparation for work. If Jenn didn’t power off her phone as habit the night before, then I’d find that weird. Purportedly turning it off or removing the battery already sounds uncharacteristic, including Travis’ own cell phone. Given it’s 2006 and pre-smartphone days, I have no reason to think why she would attempt that.

I’m sure Jenn felt rested and rejuvenated arriving home from St. Croix. The last known hours of her life involved chatting on the phone with her boyfriend. Everything seems run of the mill until she vanished.

Families of missing or murdered loved ones encounter all kinds of people during this serious and sensitive plight. Psychics, charlatans, detectives. One remarkable detail in the Joyce phone call was hearing about the selfish people who surfaced. The woman who walked up to Joyce wanted her boyfriend to falsely take the fall as the man captured on CCTV. The level of crazy is incomprehensible. Personally I’d be shaking in my boots if any loony sized me up that way. The audacity of strangers inserting themselves is unavoidable.

Podcasts like Unconcluded provide a personal look into the case journey.

You can tell the hosts really care about progress and resolution. Anything is possible. Currently as I’m blogging this post the podcast peaks at #69 on the Itunes Chart, beating past Glenn Beck, Nancy Grace and Vice. More listeners are definitely paying attention compared to the weeks prior.

I’m predicting that a score of individuals will contact Shaun and Scott. Investigators, psychologists, and locals will likely want to lend their voices. Jennifer’s friends might even feel inclined to share their budding memories. People peripherally connected or not connected with cases commonly step forward with podcasts in the same vein.

Right now Joyce Kesse reaching out serves as a smooth indicator that Shaun and Scott are doing the right thing. I’m curious about their trip to Jennifer’s neighborhood, which will be the focus in episode 3. Besides Murder on the Space Coast, Unconcluded is the only other podcast centralized in my home state.

That’s something I really appreciate.