Transcript: Holding Onto Hope

This is a partial transcript from "On the Record," February 14, 2006, that has been edited for clarity.

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, HOST: Now to a disturbing unsolved mystery in Florida. Where is Jennifer Kesse? She vanished without a trace three weeks ago. Now, those searches have turned up no sign of her. Her parents are confident she is still alive. Jennifer's parents, Joyce and Drew Kesse, join us live in Orlando. Joyce, I guess the first question to ask is how are you and Drew doing?

JOYCE KESSE, JENNIFER'S MOTHER: We're hanging in there, Greta. We're taking each day one day at a time.

VAN SUSTEREN: Drew, any tips or any reason for us to, you know, be optimistic tonight?

DREW KESSE, JENNIFER'S FATHER: Well, Greta, I don't know if you heard, but two nights ago, the police had a very credible tip, in fact, received a warrant to go into two homes, did so with SWAT teams. Unfortunately, Jennifer was not there. However, I learned today through a report, actually, that through the efforts of the crime line and volunteers that we've actually had 1,000 tips called in. So the people are aware of what's going on. They are helping greatly. And honestly, we're getting closer. And whoever has Jennifer should have some fear.

VAN SUSTEREN: Joyce, you're a nurse. You're typically very busy in your life. Did you ever think you'd have a job that would have you as busy as this one, trying to find your daughter?

JOYCE KESSE: Oh, absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I was talking to a couple of people that I've had working relationships with for years, and I said, I would trade a bad week for this nightmare. But this is our new job, Greta. You know, every day we get up. We've got our list of things that we want to accomplish. We accomplish them, and we have our goals set for tomorrow.

And I just can't plead enough for whomever has Jennifer, whomever knows something about Jennifer's whereabouts, for the love of God, call. I mean, there's multiple people that you can call — John Walsh, I mean, the crime tip, the Orlando Police Department. Call and tell us where she is.

VAN SUSTEREN: And if you can't remember those numbers, try 911. That's always one everyone can remember.

JOYCE KESSE: Thank you. You know, thank you, because you're absolutely right.

VAN SUSTEREN: That one we can remember. Drew, when we were down there, we saw where your daughter's car was parked, about a mile-and-a-half from the complex. The dogs tracked a scent from the car back toward the complex. Have they been able to even determine that that was your daughter's scent, or do they think that it was possibly just the one who might have kidnapped her, took her?

DREW KESSE: I don't think they've decided what scent really was, to be honest with you, Greta. And you know, as it goes on, that scent has become distant, actually. I don't know if it held much in any fact, to be quite honest with you.

As it goes on, that scent has become distant, actually. I don't know if it held much in any fact, to be quite honest with you.

VAN SUSTEREN: You know, Drew, it appears that she got dressed on Tuesday morning and that she might have headed out to work because we saw her work clothes — or her clothes she wore the day before — in the chair. Her bed had been unmade. The shower was wet, so it looks like she slept through that night, Monday night leading into Tuesday. Has anyone said he or she heard any screaming or yelling or saw your daughter even leave in the car that Tuesday morning?

DREW KESSE: No, and that's very disturbing, actually, because in all reality, once — in my heart — once she locked that door or left that door to her condominium, that's really where this really began, and almost vanished outside of the car, appearing — there has been to our knowledge really nothing extra to point us in a direction of where she may have been taken or who may have taken her. The person of interest is vitally important to us and it's vitally important that person come forward and come forward now before he gets himself in more trouble.

JOYCE KESSE: If I may add, Greta, you know, somebody knows something. And this could be your loved one. This could be your mate. This could be your child. But somebody knows something because whomever is involved in this, they are acting differently. They are acting nervous.

VAN SUSTEREN: And all you got to do is pick up the phone. It's 911. I've got to go. Joyce, Drew, thank you both very much, and good luck.

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