ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS) Police are calling off the official search for Jennifer Kesse, a 24-year-old Orlando woman who vanished four years ago. Drew Kesse and his wife, Joyce, were told Thursday that Orlando police have exhausted all credible leads in their daughter's case.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, detectives say they pursued their last plausible lead this February, when they searched an overgrown field. More than 60 law-enforcement officers walked, dug and sifted through the site but found no clues. A tip triggered the search, which was the third for Kesse in nine months.
Police believe Kesse was abducted from her condominium near the Mall at Millenia in January 2006. She failed to show up for work at Central Florida Investments on Jan. 24, and her car was found abandoned two days later, about a mile from where she lived.
The Sentinel reported the Kesses met with law enforcement for nearly three hours Thursday, including Orlando police Chief Val Demings. Drew Kesse said he told Demings he doesn't have faith in her department, which he said botched the investigation early on, before Demings was in charge. However, he praised the lead detective in the case.
"They tried their best," said Kesse. "We're fortunate that we're very strong people. And we don't stop. We have unconditional love for Jennifer."
The family vows to continue the search on their own. They maintain a Web site, jenniferkesse.com. A reward of as much as $15,000 is being offered
"Closure is everything," Drew Kesse to the newspaper. "To be in limbo, you can't even call it hell. There's not even a word for it"
Police still consider the investigation active, they said through a spokeswoman. The criminal-investigations division will pursue any additional viable leads.