On Sunday, January 22, 2006, Kesse returned from a short vacation on Saint Croix, one of the U.S. Virgin Islands. She spent the night at her boyfriend’s place in south Florida. And the following morning, as normal, she drove to her place of work, timeshare firm Central Florida Investments in Ocoee. After work, moreover, she returned home to her Mosaic at Millenia condo in Orlando, which she reached after 6:00 p.m.
That evening, Kesse phoned her family and spoke to her mother, father and brother. Later, she called some friends and, at approximately 10:00 p.m., her boyfriend. Since Kesse and her boyfriend had a long-distance relationship, they called each other every day, touching base in the morning and evening.
However, the next morning, Kesse’s boyfriend did not hear from her. And when he rang her on her cell phone, the call went through to voicemail. This may not have been much of a cause for concern for him at first; indeed, he just guessed that she was busy preparing for an important meeting. But when, by 11:00 a.m., Kesse still hadn’t turned up to work, her colleagues became quite concerned. As a result, her employer contacted Kesse’s parents.