Jennifer Kesse’s family settles lawsuit to get unredacted police files

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The family of Jennifer Kesse will now be able to access critical records in her case allowing for their own investigation.   

Kesse is from Tampa, but she disappeared from Orlando 13 years ago and there have been little clues as for what happened to her. The family settled a lawsuit to get police records and they hope it leads to finding their daughter.

Jennifer Kesse is known by many in Tampa. She went to Gaither High School before moving to Orlando. She was last seen in January 2006 as she was leaving work, but evidence at her apartment shows she was likely getting ready for work the following day before she disappeared.

The Kesse family filed a lawsuit because they wanted all the investigative files that had to do with their daughter’s case.

Initially, Orlando Police Department said the files contained confidential information but later agreed the family wanted the files for good reason and decided to give them up. 

“That is the ultimate goal to find Jennifer. Nothing else really matters here. And after 13 years of trying I think we have to do something a little different. We’re happy, very happy at this point to get the records,” said Drew Kesse, Jennifer’s father. 

In the lawsuit,the family has requested that police stop their investigation. Orlando Police Department will provide two employees up to 16 hours a week to copy all case files to meet a 120-day deadline to produce all the records to the family.

The Kesse family is paying more than $18,000 for the case files. The family has hired their own legal team and investigator. They hope they’ll be able to come up with some clue that will explain their daughter’s disappearance.

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