This is a rush transcript from "On the Record ," May 17, 2007. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Breaking news in the Jennifer Kesse case.
We have covered her strange disappearance extensively. You remember the beautiful young financial analyst who vanished 16 months ago. She was 24 at the time. Jennifer had returned from a Caribbean cruise with her boyfriend and then never showed up at work the next day. Police found Jennifer's Chevy Malibu at a condo complex near her home, and surveillance video showed someone near her car.
Tonight police are releasing new evidence. Joining us, Sergeant Barbara Jones of the Orlando Police Department. Welcome, Sergeant Jones.
SGT. BARBARA JONES, ORLANDO POLICE DEPARTMENT: Thank you for having me again.
VAN SUSTEREN: Sergeant, when we first covered this disappearance about a year-and-a-half ago on this show, we showed video of a man walking past appear area near to where the car was parked. That was released by the police department, was it not?
JONES: Yes, ma'am, it was.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now, tonight or today, you are releasing more video. Is that video of the same person a short time before that — the video that was — that we see — the picture we saw?
JONES: Yes, the image that the public saw were still photos that were taken from video surveillance that was from a camera at the apartment complex or condominium complex where her vehicle was taken. We labeled that person as a person of interest. We had the entire video, which we released the rest of the video, which shows this — with the person that we were calling the person of interest parking her vehicle in the condominium complex, exiting the car and then, we believe, walking by that gated area, which is the still photo that people shot — that people saw.
The difference now is, is we are publicly announcing that now we consider this person of interest an actual suspect in the disappearance of Jennifer Kesse.
VAN SUSTEREN: Why the 16-month delay in releasing this video?
JONES: Well, you know, investigations are about, you know, being able to interview people and being able to lock people into stories, when we — you know, to move a case forward. In this particular case, we wanted to hold this piece of evidence in the fact that if somebody thought they were only a person of interest, they would be more apt to come forward.
But since we haven't gotten any leads, right now, we think, Well, maybe if we release the images, where we name the person as a person of interest simply walking by, that it's quite possible that maybe somebody said something like, Hey, that looks like that could have been you, and the person might have said, Well, that's not me, and if it was, I was just walking by, where we think that if that maybe did take place, that now that we're identifying this person as an actual suspect in her disappearance, that maybe a conscience would bring forward some additional information and allow it to move the case forward and find closure for the Kesses.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. The video that you're now releasing today, is it in any way enhanced so that you can see the person's face?
JONES: We did look at the video and we did try to get it to the best quality that we could. The detectives looked at it very closely. They know that the person drove in, parked the car. The car wasn't, you know, perfectly parked or within — you know, straight in. The person backed it up and then parked it very, very straight within the defined — of the parking space, which we believe would be — you know, most people, when they want to get rid of a car, they'll just sort of park it and then leave. So we believe this person parked it specifically correctly in that parking spot so it wouldn't draw any attention to the car. And in fact it was parked, we believe, on the 24th, and it was recovered by us on the 26th of January of 2006.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Quick question. Since someone — we now know someone is driving her car, any fingerprints on the steering wheel, the console, the window, the doorknob, the interior door, the exterior door that have been helpful?
JONES: Well, you know, we certainly processed the interior and the exterior of that car. Obviously, if there's anything additional that we can put somebody in that car, that's certainly going to be instrumental to our case. But right now, we're not really releasing any other details of the case, except for that we continue to work this case. And we're just hoping that it's not always about money, that maybe it's about a conscience, and maybe somebody out there knows something about this case and will rethink their thoughts and maybe provide us just that little bit of information that can help us move the case forward.
VAN SUSTEREN: Detective Jones, thank you.
JONES: OK. You're welcome.
VAN SUSTEREN: Joining us from Tampa are Jennifer's parents, Drew and Joyce Kesse. Drew and Joyce, thank you for joining us this evening, and welcome back. And I keep hoping every time you come back, we have good news for you.