22 Years Later: Still Searching for Tiffany Sessions
She's been gone longer now, than she was with us. Almost 22 years ago, a 20 year old University of Florida student disappeared.
A massive search for Tiffany Sessions ensued, but over two decades later they still don't know what happened to her. However, investigators and Tiffany's family are still holding out hope for a resolution, while a community remembers a great loss.
On February 9th, 1989 Tiffany Sessions went out for her nightly power walk and somewhere along the way she vanished. Tiffany's mother Hilary Sessions remembers the moment she found out her daughter was gone.
"...And she said Mrs. Sessions? And I said, yes? And she said I think we have a problem."
Detectives said Sessions went for a walk along this stretch of Williston Road wearing a warm up suit and carrying a Sony Walkman. Then spokesperson for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office Spencer Mann said they were able to track her route.
Mann said, "She walked South down Williston Road, made a right, walked all the way down to 34th Street, turned around and started to walk back East toward her apartment complex. And somewhere at that point she disappeared. Nobody has any idea how, what the circumstances were."
But after a massive search of the area and thousands of leads investigated, that's really all detectives know for sure. ASO Cold Case Detective Heather Phillips said they're still waiting for the information that leads them to the answer. Phillips said, "22 years later we still get leads, people who call and remember stuff that for whatever reason that they didn't call and give us at the time or since then."
Dr. Wayne Griffin was a UF campus minister at the time Tiffany went missing. He remembers how it affected the whole community. Griffin said, "Having Tiffany disappear that way was a real eye opener to us and it was painful."
Hilary Sessions said over the years she has gotten a lot of support from those in the community and is thankful that Tiffany is not forgotten. But not knowing what happened to her is a daily burden she's decided to share through a book titled "Where's My Tiffany?"
Sessions said, "So that people can see that she's not just a two dimensional missing person's poster. And that she was a really living, breathing, caring, loving child that was taken right in the prime of her life."
Sessions wants people to be more aware of the dangers that lurk in every community and is holding out hope that someday she'll have the answers that so many have worked and prayed for. She said, "The bottom line is I'm not giving up the search. It's been 22 years, if I have to do it for another 22 years I'll do it. Because I need to know what happened to my little girl."
Tiffany Sessions is still considered a missing person and detectives are actively investigating her disappearance. On your screen is an age progression photo of what Tiffany might look like today.
The anniversary of her disappearance is on Wednesday.
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