Orlando, FL– Late this afternoon, has learned that detectives within the Orlando Police Department and the Kesse family, upon receipt of myspace photos and subsequent comparative photos developed by blinkoncrime, believe that James V. Hataway, the number one suspect in the disappearance of Ocoee woman Tracy Ocasio, may be the suspect caught on surveillance in the Jennifer Kesse case, parking her car in the lot where it was later discovered on January 26, 2006.  



For over three years, the only link to a suspect in Jennifer Kesse’s disappearance is a grainy, time delayed closed circuit surveillance footage showing a suspect backing Jenn’s black Chevy cavalier into a space at the Huntington on the Green Apartments. 

Has the disappearance of another young woman, Tracy Ocasio, led to developments in finding Jennifer and answers for the Kesse family?

As previously reported by, there are several links to not only Hataway, but other asociates he was known to spend time with.

A source inside the investigation that is coordinating the discussions between the Ocoee Police and Orlando PD speaking on condition of anonymity, has confirmed to blinkoncrime this is the most encouraging lead investigators have seen in years. Although, the source went on to say that all parties are appraoching further investigation with cautious optimisim, “It may not be him.” 

Check back to blinkoncrime for updates.

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  1. Charisse says:

    Jane, if anything, the Kesse’s are helping the Ocasio case get out there. Even Nancy Grace hasn’t been covering the Ocasio case much, which doesn’t bode well for it spending much time in the public eye. If it weren’t for Hataway’s potentially being involved with other missing person’s cases, it might never have made her show at all.

  2. Charity says:

    Looking at the pic of Hataway with that hairstyle brings tears to my eyes.

    I’ve been praying about this case since I first heard about it a few years ago.

    I really hope this case breaks open!

  3. Charity says:

    And, Jane, I agree with Charisse. It is the connections between James Hataway and the two young women that kept it in the media as long as it was there.

    Unfortunately, so many people are missing that a case needs to be dramatically interesting to get covered.

    The potential that Hataway is a serial killer makes the case more “popular” on modern television than a typical missing woman case would be.

    And, even with that intrigue, Tracey’s case seems to have already disappeared, because so many other people have done bad things.

    Sad, but it is the way things are nowadays.

  4. Jane says:

    I will agree to disagree. The Ocasio’s have done very well with getting media attention all on their own with out the Kesse’s. Think about how many other missing people are out there….how many do you really hear about? Very very few, so the Ocasio’s story being told nationally before the Kesse’s decided to jump on the Ocasio train, was done by the Ocasio’s alone, without the Kesse’s. The Kesse’s didn’t help them then and they aren’t necessary to helping them now.

    I’m not going to go over the facts that I have already stated above. You can choose to believe them or ignore them, that’s your right.

    As someone with extensive experience in this field, and I mean no disrespect, I can tell you first hand, if finding their loved one is a result, no family cares how that happens. I can assure you the characterization that the Kesse family “jumped” on the Ocasio train would not be well received by either of these very gracious and terribly pained families.

  5. Charity says:

    Jane, I actually think the Kesse connection HAD TO be examined, no matter what. Lets face it, two young women who both went missing from basically the same part of town, and frequented the same place, and both of their cars were found abandonned in known “drug” areas.

    Until answers are found, looking at the 2 cases both separately AND together is necessary and might uncover new thoughts, new leads, new theories in BOTH cases.

    I watch a lot of true crime shows and cold case shows and it is OFTEN linking 2 cases together that breaks open the case.

    I think about the show I just saw on “a stranger in the house” and a man went from being seen as a sexual break-in to being exposed as a serial killer, because LE linked cases.

    I can guarantee that Hataway is being examined MUCH more closely, because of the potential links to the other cases, and I can also guess that he will be more likely to get a longer sentence on the battery charge, because of these cases, even if for some reason not enough evidence is found to arrest him for this case.

  6. Charity says:

    I have been following missing children cases for years and I think the thing that I have admired the MOST about the Kesse family is that they continually search for similar unsolved cases to their daughter’s disappearance, KNOWING that there is a perpetrator out there and believing that the perpetrator will likely strike again in a way that will show up in commonalities.

    That is an amazing strategy and is one that I want to see more people emulate. I find it wisdom. If someone got away with it once, they will likely do it again eventually.

    If Tracy isn’t found soon, and if Hataway turns out to not be the one, I hope the Ocasio family will use the same cooperative approach.

  7. Charity says:

    I definitely think it is time for someone to open the Kesse Cold Case files and look at it again with fresh eyes.

    I am so jazzed that there are so many new “characters” (Hataway, Toole, the Huttos, George, etc.) to research and places to examine (Tap Room, the gym, tattoo parlors, construction company employee logs – with NAMES to look for this time, etc) to look into for the Kesse’s case.

    Maybe some of Jenn’s friends will suddenly remember somone who flirted with her at the Tap Room or how the gym guy looked at her or will look at a pic of Hataway from years ago and realize they know him.

    Not to be disrespectful, but I am also wondering if Kesse smoked pot at all. If that is how he hooked Tracy, then it is worth asking her friends, particularly those she went to the Tap Room with.

  8. Lynn says:

    I am still trying to find out if anyone knows the name of the lake Jimmy Hataway is standing in. The picture has a unique structure in the background. Disposing of someone in a lake is not out of the question. He appears to be very comfortable in or around water.

  9. ex gf says:

    I haven’t read all of this one blog but wanted to comment on #28 and 29 and 63.

    Sweetpea I don’t remember exactly when I dated Jimmy but I’m guessing early to mid 2002. He had a shaved head when I met him.

    Blink-thanks for the compliment. You are correct that I never trusted Toole. He struck me as a bit creepy, flirtatious and dirty (sanitary and mind wise). If you read another recent post Toole was a customer at the bar I used to work at. I honestly can’t remember if Toole was with Jimmy when I first met Jimmy. My disdain is with Colt and as you can see in the pic he’s a real Jackass. He is racist, arrogant and while I can respect “family loyalty” he wasn’t family and I know for a fact he has kept people that want to help Jimmy from reaching him. I will never have actual respect for Colt.

    If you want info or want to ask me something email me. I didn’t even see that above comment until today…over a month later. Thanks!

  10. ex gf says:

    Also the pic of Colt…it appears that the guy in the background has a bar towel in his pocket. This leads me to believe it’s the bartender, barback or cook. Do you know where this was taken? I have no idea what Colt does for work or if he even works. Was Colt the door man at this bar? If he didn’t work there, why would a probable employee stand back and watch a customer assault another customer…even one that didn’t pay? See why I didn’t like this group?!

    Too the comments mentioning that all of Jimmy’s friends are making people sick by defending him- I am just like everyone else, I want to know what happened even if Jimmy did something. I maintain that I can’t believe he would hurt a woman because that was not my experience with him. It doesn’t mean that he couldn’t.

  11. Logan Baker says:

    Cold Case looks like CSI just like anyother detective tv series..:

  12. i followed Cold Case on our local cable channel and it was a great detective tv series`-;

  13. luckyLou says:

    Saw the case featured on Nancy Grace last night. Can you explain why the case has not been handed to the FBI but the OCPD are not actively working it – as the Kesse’s say? They also referenced a sex offender that lived next to Jennifer. Is the case cold in large part due to all of the illegal workers at that time? What do you see as a next step that can be taken? This case has always really bothered me; Jennifer just disappeared into thin air.

    Lol, I just looked at your email, is this you? Great to see you my dear friend, what a dolt I am.

    I was told that the FDLE was assuming jurisdiction in this case, and then, I am positive, that OCPD is on record saying FBI has jurisdiction:

    We asked the Orlando Police Department if the pictures were taken by investigators and released to one news outlet. We were told in a written statement, “You will need to contact the FBI related to anything in the case. The FBI is now the investigative entity as it relates to the case. The case is an active case with the FBI.”

    I am a staunch supporter of the Kesse’s and they have been put through the LE ringer in their attempts to find Jenn.

  14. luckyLou says:

    Thanks Blink. I agree – the Kesse family seems to have done so much work to find Jen – I can’t understand why LE would put up so many road blocks. Guess I was just glad to see the story highlighted on Nancy Grace – so good for exposure. If nothing else, Nancy’s show does attract so much attention. Just can’t believe that with the photos of the person leaving the car and everything there haven’t been any breaks. Seems like they had so much to go on so early on. Thanks!

  15. Gabby J. says:

    Hi all, been reading almost everyone’s post it’s kind of hard to follow everything or remember what everyone has said. I know people think that you can’t tell if it is a man or woman in the video. But I believe that it is a man, just by looking at the size of the feet, how the POI is walking, the posture etc… Forgive me if this was already said or mentioned elsewhere besides this site. But has anyone thought that there could be two people involved in her disappearance, as in the real POI could possibly not be the one captured in the picture? I don’t know if this is confusing to anyone, it’s a little hard for me to explain things heh. Did the OCPD interview any of Jennifer’s neighbors where she lived? Surely someone could of heard something outside their door, a scuffle, a slight scream anything?

    I don’t know if any of you read Mr. Kesse’s theories or one of them, and forgive me I do not remember where I read it. I just remember him mentioning about her possibly being abducted for the Human Trafficking. I remember him pointing out that it was the day after she got back from the cruise she was on, and possibly a man could have followed her or something along those lines. Not saying it’s a fact, obviously, but it is a possibility. Anyway, I’ll be checking in to see if anyone has heard of any more leads.

  16. Mandi says:

    Hello everyone,
    I have been following this case for quite some time, hoping that eventually there will be new info leading to a conclusion in this case.
    Does anyone know why specifically the FBI has become involved or taken over the case?

    The FBI reviewed the case, as requested, and passed it back to Orlando PD. Jenn’s case is in my queue.

  17. Samantha says:

    How is it that their is obviously a PAINTER in the video (that shows the suspect running from Jennifer’s car) and that none of the painters or construction workers who worked near HER appartment were never interviewed or examined for similiar profiles??

    It is very possible that this person was not just a stranger, but a man who watched her from afar, as she walked to her apartment. It was reported the men that worked around her apartment would “watch her” and that she was “intimidated by their LEERING, watchful eyes.” \

    I am 19 years old and have considered this, so surely a detective has as well! It sickens me to think time may have been wasted in investigating the workers, that they could have moved on to the next job, along with all hopes of finding Jennifer! Does anyone know anything on this aspect, where the workers could have been suspects?

  18. @samantha
    Every worker was interviewed and cleared.

  19. peter furrow says:

    anyone know were hataway was in 2002 ?i ask because of other missing person .

    Gonna need more info to answer that if I can.

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