New Tip in Jennifer Kesse Missing Persons Case from Confessed & Convicted Murderer David Russ???


Jennifer Kesse has been missing for nearly 3 years in Orlando, FL. Jennifer went Jennifer_Kesse5missing on January 24, 2006. It is being reported that there is a new tip in the case as David Russ. a confessed murderer has come forward and claims he has information in the case of the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse.


A convicted killer may have some clues in one of Central Florida’s highest profile missing person’s case.

But two weeks ago the lawyer for a convicted killer contacts Drew Kesse, Jennifer’s father. While its not unusual for Kesse to get tips the latest came from a man involved ina high profile murder of a Central Florida woman.

“I think it just one more lead that has to be follow up on,” Kesse said. “If it turns out then we have something to go on.”

The tip came from David Russ who is currently in the Seminole County jail waiting to be sentenced after he pled guilty for the murder of Madeline Leinen in 2007. Russ asked to meet with Drew Kesse because he claims to have information about Jennifer’s disappearance.

Police will look into what Russ has said; however, they are skeptical and presently don’t believe he has the information that could break the case. It would appear that Russ has a vested interest in showing a sentencing judge that he is actually capable of being human and helping others in an effort to spare his life. David Russ is a confessed and convicted murderer.

Exclusive: Killer Could Hold Clues In Kesse Case

Convicted murderer David Byron Russ met privately with the father of Jennifer Kesse and provided information that could lead Orlando police detectives to one or more suspects in her disappearance.

Initially a spokes woman for the Orlando County Police did not comment on the story. Later she emailed the following statement:

“The information that David Russ gave to Mr. Kesse was nothing new. We knew about that several months, and our detectives checked into that. We won’t discuss that any further. This is NOT a big break in the case.”


For the Love of Jennifer,

It is with very heavy hearts and great hope that we, the Kesse Family and friends of Jennifer, will mark her 3rd year Missing through the heinous act of Abduction, on Saturday, January 24,2009 with a Community Safety Event at The Mall at Millenia.  Attached are documents announcing the event we have planned for the Community and Central Florida area.  Through education, remembrance, and action we hope to help build a better, stronger, well informed community, who has shown over time and through actions, they care, strive to be better and look to continually build a diverse, safer community.

We hope that you join us in that effort and to remember all those who cannot speak for themselves – The Missing, Abducted, Exploited and Unidentified.

Please pass on this event information to everyone you know and together we will be Better.

To discuss the Jennifer Kesse case more, get updates and provide your own opinions, go to Scared Missing Persons Forum.

Posted January 20, 2009 by
Bizarre, Crime, Missing Persons | 10 comments

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  • Comments

    10 Responses to “New Tip in Jennifer Kesse Missing Persons Case from Confessed & Convicted Murderer David Russ???”

    1. Mary UK on January 21st, 2009 8:37 am

      This is distressing to read, but finally the family will maybe get answers, i have never forgotten Jennifer, her story was all the more baffelling because she vanished into thin air,unlike Natalee whos disappearence by all accounts COULD have been solved,but for a botched investigation, i will pray for Jennifer and her family.

    2. Michelle in MS on January 21st, 2009 9:07 am

      I sure hope they find her so the family can find closure & peace.

    3. LilPuma on January 21st, 2009 10:32 am

      Prayers again for this family and the amazing father who has fought for his daughter and other victims. I hope this leads to some answers.

    4. Richard on January 21st, 2009 10:56 am

      Is it possible that this guy is simply trying to con someone?

    5. HOPE on January 21st, 2009 11:48 am


      Me, too. Jennifer was never far away from our thoughts. The persistence shown by Mr. Kesse along with his undying love for his daughter has kept her in our daily prayers.

      God bless them in this hour of need.

    6. Rusty Bridges on January 21st, 2009 3:24 pm

      This piece of trash has nothing to offer, it just wants to taunt this poor man with its sick game.

      Flush it already.

    7. txchic on January 21st, 2009 4:15 pm

      yep, “waiting to be sentenced”… that pretty much sums it up. unless the creep can produce hard evidence. i don’t know how these families keep their faith during these cases.

    8. nick on April 16th, 2009 10:49 pm

      David is forgivin by God the father!

    9. nick on April 16th, 2009 10:49 pm

      David is forgivin by God the father!

    10. Al on September 10th, 2009 11:52 pm

      May God take care of her whether it is on earth or in heaven and may he bring his justice down upon those evil scum who have caused so much heartache to her family. My prayers are with her and her family.

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