Sunday, January 31, 2010

MISSING: Jennifer Kesse

I read this on Blonde in a Blog's site and thought it was really important to re-post. Hug your sisters a little harder tonight.

MISSING: Jennifer Kesse

I have spoken to some great friends, and other bloggers about being a guest blogger..I have a lot of really funny friends, including my Alpha Phi sisters.  But, then I was reading Melissa's blog and knew what I needed to do.  Sobbing with tears streaming down my cheeks, I wrote her asking her to be a guest on my blog.  As a mother and daughter, I wept for her parents. As a sister, I cried and put myself in Melissa's shoes thinking about my own sisters.  My girls have been through everything with me-some people will say that with sororities you pay for friends, it is not like that.  Those girls, my sisters are my very best friends in the world.  They are more than just friends, they are just as much sisters to me as if they were my biological ones.  So please, if you are a mom, a dad, a brother, a sister, a friend, a daughter, a husband, a wife, a kid, an adult, a SISTER---read this from Melissa and do one thing today to try to bring Jennifer back...

"Four years ago today, January 24, 2006, my friend and sorority sister Jennifer Kesse was abducted. Within hours of not arriving at work that day, Jenn's family realized something was wrong. Phone calls to Jenn went unanswered. Police were notified, signs were made and by 4:00 p.m., the search had officially begun. It has not ended.

Four birthdays and four Christmases have gone by and Jenn's family is still without answers. They go to bed each night not knowing what has happened to their daughter, their sister, their best friend. They wonder if they'll ever see her again. But someone knows. Someone knows what happened to Jenn that day. And I hope every day that someone will find the courage to come forward and give Jenn's family the answers they so desperately need and want.
Despite the passage of four years, Jenn's case is active and Orlando police continue to receive tips and follow leads. Hope remains for the miracle of her safe return. A new reward of $1,000,000.00 has been posted for Jenn's SAFE RETURN.

Awareness is key to bringing Jenn home. Please take a minute to visit the website dedicated to the search for Jenn -

I share this story primarily to spread awareness about Jenn's abduction and to aid in the search. But also as a reminder for us all. We all think "It won't happen to me or someone I know" or "This couldn't happen in my neighborhood." But it can.

While you can't live your life in fear, you can take precautions for your own safey. Lock your doors, be aware of your surroundings, and ask someone to walk you to your car in the dark. Don't run alone at night or sit alone in a parked car and always approach your car or door with keys ready. Make sure people are aware of your routine so that they know if something has gone wrong. These are small steps you can take every day to keep yourself safe. More can be found here. Jenn is smart and took many, if not all, of these same precautions. While they didn't prevent her abduction, they could protect another woman from harm."


  1. Thank you for reposting this sweetite! That is wonderful that you are a Phi too! I just am so sad about this girl----

  2. How sad...and your so right! We just never think bad things can happen to us or people we know. Thanks so much for the reality check! Sending prayers to her family and friends. XOXO

  3. Oh, my God. She went to my school. I remember these signs on campus. I am heartbroken to hear that there are still no answers. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Thank you for posting this and for reminding all of us to just be thankful to wake up everyday knowing where our loved ones are.