The Case of Jennifer Kesse

Jennifer, Disappeared…

I can’t personally say that I’ve been to Orlando, Florida. But I’ve only heard good things about it. From Disneyworld to the Orlando Magic in their day with multiple great NBA Players as a basketball fan myself. But like any major city it isn’t immune to crime and on January 24th, 2006. A young woman by the name of Jennifer Kesse, originally from Tampa, disappeared after she had left work for the day.
Jennifer would be last seen on January 23rd at around 6pm at Westgate Resorts in Ocoee, Florida. In the following hours she would make several calls to friends and family, with the last being to her boyfriend at around 10pm. What happened after that, is as good as anybody’s guess. Come the next morning, the first signs that something wasn’t right would arise.
Come the morning of the 24th of January 2006, Jennifer would not send out a single message or call anyone she knew. She was known to contact her boyfriend every morning to wish him a good day as many couples do. After failing to arrive at work at the normal time, efforts to reach Jennifer proved to be fruitless and with good reason her friends and family began to worry.
Her Employer would reach out to her parents who would journey from hours away to begin the search for their missing daughter. When her parents arrived at her home, her vehicle was gone. Yet inside her condo they could not find anything that seemed out of place. All signs appeared as if she completed her morning routine and left for work.
As soon as that evening her friends and family began passing out Missing Persons fliers and with the help of the local Police Department, the search for Jennifer was underway. Air, Land and Sea, no resource was spared in trying to find the young lady. Everyone knew that if she was not going to show up to work at the very least, she would have given some kind of notice or explanation to cover her bases.
Still the search parties proved fruitless and no sign of Jennifer would be found. Given the available evidence of clothes scattered on her unmade bed and pajamas on the bathroom floor coupled with make-up and other grooming products on the counter. Her parents would urge the Condo Manager to use a set of extra keys to open her residence and that’s when they found her belongings scattered around.
To many it appeared that she had completed her morning routine and left for work but from there, the trail went cold. Jennifer’s parents would theorize that she may have had an argument with her boyfriend and would return soon, something thing that is common in missing persons cases. But she never came back and her friends and family would begin to use this condo as a base of operations over the following months.
After the first few days and the initial media coverage on Thursday, 26, 2006, the tenant of a nearby apartment complex who had been watching the recent news coverage of the story took notice a vehicle that matched the description of Jennifer’s and informed law enforcement of the vehicle. Unmoved after several days, investigators arrived and quickly photographed the vehicle before taking it for more thorough forensic testing.
However, the vehicle, a 2004 Black Chevy Malibu, would not be all that the investigators would find. During the neighborhood canvas, they would happen upon footage on a security camera of somebody parking Jennifer’s car and walking away from it without looking back. From there on out the trail would go cold. This would be the strongest lead that the investigators would have. Even with the help of NASA to enhance the footage, this person remains unidentified.
All that can be surmised in this case is that Jennifer left her apartment for work, locking the door on her way out and was abducted either while walking to her car or as she entered her car given the lack of evidence suggesting someone had broken into her apartment. A person of interest who returned her vehicle to her local area is all that investigators have to go on in this case.
It is worth noting that at the time of Jennifer’s disappearance her apartment complex was undergoing extensive construction and expansion operations at the time of her disappearance. Many of the crew members were undocumented at the time and as a result have been hard to track down since the time of her disappearance. Still at the time many of those workers were allowed to live in the complex while it was being constructed and have since raised the eyebrows of investigators considering that the figure spotted in the surveillance tapes is dressed like a construction worker.
Jennifer had told her family and friends that she had been experiencing harassment from the construction workers in the lead up to her disappearance. Authorities efforts to identify and interrogate the workers at the complex failed to generate any new leads. Failure in this area of her life would lead investigators to focus on her professional life and in there a new lead would arise.
Upon searching Jennifer’s computer, it would come to light that a co-worker who was in a management position at the resort that she was employed at had been making attempts to pursue a relationship. She had told those close to her that she was against workplace relationships, still after extensive questioning and investigation, they would conclude that this individual would not arise to the level of suspect. They would note that there is a slight chance that she had become a victim of human trafficking but it would be highly unlikely.
In 2007, her employer, lead by founder David A. Siegel would offer a million-dollar reward for information leading to her being found alive. Unclaimed to this day, another reward of five thousand dollars would be offered by the Central Florida Crime line for information leading to Jennifer’s remains being found.
However as of June 10th, 2010 the FBI has taken the lead in this ongoing investigation and if you feel as if you have information relevant to this case, please contact your local office. You may discount your assistance as being minimal but even the smallest detail may lead to a resolution in this case…

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The Flight of Mr Fisher

Scottsdale, Arizona – April 10, 2001

In a prominent suburb of the sunny metropolis that is Phoenix, the state capital of Arizona and the fifth most populous city nationwide. What one might see as the perfect family life turned into a suburban nightmare. A mother and her children in the one place that they should feel the most safe – Their home.

When Firefighters responded to the scene of what was reported as being a natural gas fire at the home of Robert William Fisher and his wife Mary. The fire had exploded with incredible ferocity and torn through the home at 2000 N 74th Place at almost 9AM. How could one prepare themselves for what they would find, I will never understand.

The explosion was so power that the brick structure of the home had collapsed and much of the home now lay in ruins. The surrounding homes in the neighborhood had their frames rattled as a result. But fortunately the firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the Fisher residence.

While there was little or nothing left of the home, neighbors were reporting that there was a possibility that the family was in the home which drew the attention of the local police. The Detectives who responded would find three bodies in what remained of the residence.

One detective would note that despite not being an expert in fire aspect of this case, in most cases someone would have woken and tried to escape the scene. With no evidence of any attempt, it already started to look as if a triple homicide had occurred. The children, Brittney who was 12 and Bobby Jr only 10 were found in their beds. Their throats cut so deeply that the vertebrae of Spine had been damaged.

Their Mother not only had her throat slashed in a similar manner but had also suffered a gunshot to the head. It is believed Robert Sr, then poured a liquid accelerant around the home before lighting a lone candle. He tampered with the gas line to the furnace in order to create a leak which would then eventually fall upon the candle creating the explosion that drew the attention of the authorities.

After it was confirmed his body was no where to be found amongst the remnants of the family home he was estimated to have gained a ten hour head start in his escape from the scene of his crimes. Spotted at a nearby gas station refilling his wife’s truck and withdrawing money before dropping from sight completely.

Still to this day, the only suspect in this case – it is believed he drove the vehicle north into the mountains where it would later be found abandoned. The Toyota 4Runner was found abandoned in the Ponderosa Pine Forest on the 20th of April 2001. However an extensive search of the surrounding area turned up no trace of Robert. A witness did report that they thought saw him walking northwards towards Highway 260.

The family dog was also found waiting by the vehicle, suggesting whatever means he took out of the area prevented the dog from following him. Perhaps he was driven out of the area, perhaps he fled into the woods – nobody knows.

The speculated motive for this tragedy is believed that Mary had threatened to divorce Robert and after experiencing his own parents divorce, Robert had told close friends that he would never let his own children experience what he had. The Investigators would learn during their enquiries that the marriage was anything but happy as they could be continually heard arguing and Mary berating her husband.

“I could have done better than you”, “You’re worthless or “We should get a divorce” were just some of the things the neighbors would overhear. Clearly the picture of an unhappy marriage. Still they only ever heard Mary yelling out such thoughts rather than Robert. Although they knew he had a rather stoic demeanor, Mary would always be the one they heard crying out.

Family footage however would indicate that Robert was the ultimate controlling personality. Various family videos give credence to such a claim. This coupled with his desire to protect his children from a divorce are believed to be the driving force behind such a heinous act. Some believe it was him snapping and wanting to stick it to his wife in anyway he could.

Since then only speculation and conjecture is all we have as to the fate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Most Wanted Fugitive. In years past, there have been a variety of different tips and avenues of investigation in this case. From an individual who bore a strong resemblance to Robert Fisher being apprehended to raids of homes believing to house the suspect turning up empty.

Avid outdoorsman suggest that if he did seek refuge in the extensive cave system in the Northern Arizona area, he may have either used them to avoid the initial searches, commit suicide or have died due to low oxygen levels. But to this day no remains have been found.

All we have are possible sightings and theories as to where Mr Fisher is now. In Years passed the FBI has released age-progression photos of him to reflect what he may look like today still to no avail. This case has been featured in various Television Programs and News Broadcasts but there has been no arrest.

In 2014, Law Enforcement raided a home in Colorado after receiving a tip that Fisher was hiding there. Still after arresting two individuals, they were unable locate any trace of the FBI’s most wanted man.

One should be aware that he is likely to be armed and dangerous given that he has prior military training and is an avid outdoorsman. Fisher also has ties to New Mexico and Florida. Profilers suggest that he would exhibit the personality of someone that thinks they know everything and that of a loner. He may walk with a oddly erect manner due to a back injury that would cause him to extend his chest.

This case is still actively worked by the FBI and the local Arizona departments. Therefore hope for a resolution in this case exists for the other members of both Robert and Mary’s families. Perhaps one day we will see a final resolution in this matter and Robert will finally stand accountable for his actions…