It has been 23 years since Tiffany Sessions disappeared while walking in southwest Gainesville, but leads about the case still come in to the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office and are investigated.
The University of Florida student has not been heard from since she disappeared on Feb. 9, 1989, and no trace of Sessions has been found despite searches with ground-penetrating radar, tracking dogs and other means.
“The cold-case detective has done several interviews over the last year on it. They’ve done several searches on it,” Alachua County sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said. “We’ve had a lot of people who’ve claimed to have involvement in this, and they go out and follow up on it. The cold-case people have been very active on it.”
The 20-year-old disappeared in 1989 while she was taking a walk from her condominium at Casablanca East off Southwest 35th Place, north of Williston Road.
Sessions told her roommate she was taking a walk. She left with a Sony Walkman but no other belongings, such as her keys or wallet. She was last seen wearing red sweatpants and a white, long-sleeved sweatshirt with the word "Aspen" stitched across the front in green letters.
Her disappearance was followed by a major search that reached across the nation and included the involvement of notable friends of Sessions’ parents such as former Miami Dolphins star quarterback Dan Marino.
Sessions’ father, Patrick, is a South Florida developer who worked for a major firm that built such communities as Weston in Broward County.
Forgey said a number of the leads from the past few years have come from prison inmates who claimed to know something about Sessions’ disappearance or to have heard others talk about it.
“Within the past year they have done several searches with ground-penetrating radar, dogs and people with information that was developed,” Forgey said. “Nothing ever came of it.”