Twenty years ago, University of Florida junior, Tiffany Sessions, disappeared from her townhouse complex in Gainesville, Florida. What happened to her remains a mystery today.
The photo to the left shows Ms Sessions on the left as she appeared in 1989 with the photo on the right age progressed to how she would’ve appeared last year.
Please accept my apologies in advance for those put off by yet another bit of disproportionate public attention given to the fate of a pretty blonde young woman gone missing. While a graduate student, I lived for two years in the same complex as Tiffany up until five weeks before she disappeared. Along with a few dozen other UF students, we shared the same running route that bordered the pasture of the university’s agricultural institute, out to Williston Rd., and then near the I-75 interchange. Some thought that she was abducted somewhere along her run, particularly with the proximity to this major north-south interstate, but others say she was last seen talking with someone in a car in the complex parking lot.
Her mother, Hilary Sessions, ha[s] viewed more than 170 dead bodies in the 240 months (and unfortunately, still counting) since she disappeared. [source]
Her father, Patrick Sessions, last week launched a website and blog dedicated to collecting news stories and clues about the missing woman, who would now be 40 years old. This morning at 10 a.m. EST, the Alachua Country Sheriff’s Office was to have held a news conference potentially releasing information on a new lead in the case.
When this blogger thinks of all he has done over the last 20 years, including becoming the father of a priceless daughter, he feels a tremendous sense of loss for Tiffany’s family – for what Tiffany was to them and what she would have become. Several other UF families have experienced the loss of their children but none have had to live with two decades of uncertainty.
We still remember. And we wish for Tiffany’s family closure and much peace.
From Patrick Sessions:
“I’m hoping that you all will think about this and if you were in the Gainesville area or have any information about what happened to Tiffany, or if any of your friend’s do, to please go to the links on the site and let the appropriate people know,” Sessions said. “I really need your help and I really appreciate if you could pass this on. We can use social media to help solve this case and bring hope to many parents with missing children.”
Deputies are asking anyone with information about this incident or any other missing persons orhomicide case to call Detective Bob Dean at the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at (352) 367-4161. Callers can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest by calling Crime Stoppers at 372-STOP (7867). For those that prefer the internet, anonymous tips may be left on the web site at http://www.alachuasheriff.org.
ALACHUA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
SADIE DARNELL, SHERIFF
P.O.BOX 1210 GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA 32602
OFFICE (352) 367-4050 – FAX (352) 374-1816