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    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.”

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    Serial killer finally named as suspect in cold case of missing Florida coed after 25 years thanks to dead prisoner's diary

    20-year-old Tiffany Sessions was last seen leaving her Gainesville apartment in February 1989
    The University of Florida student's case gained national attention thanks to her pretty face and a $250,000 reward offer
    Police now believe Sessions was murdered by serial killer Paul Eugene Rowles, who died in a Miami-area prison last year
    Police and Sessions' family believe Rowles' diary contains coded messages that reference Tiffany and three other victims

    Florida college student's suspected killer was named Wednesday after her missing persons case sat unsolved for just over 25 years and its all thanks to the killer's need to chronicle his sinister deeds.

    Tiffany Sessions vanished while out for a walk in February 1989. The blonde 20-year-old's pretty, smiling face gained national attention after her parents, desperate for her safe return, promised a $250,000 reward.

    Now, long after the case went cold, Tiffany's family believes they can put a face and a name to the man responsible for her fate: convicted rapist, kidnapper and killer Paul Eugene Rowles. And they may soon find her body.

    he Sessions family will never come face-to-face with Rowles, though. He died in a Miami-area prison last year.

    That death, however, is what helped police finally put a crack in the case after so many years.

    Rowles left behind a diary that included the date Tiffany disappeared--February 9, 1989--alongside the number 2.

    Patrick Sessions, now 67 and living in Coconut Grove, announced Wednesday that investigators believe that indicated his daughter was the killer's second victim.

    Also in the dairy were what investigators believe are coded references to the names of three dead or missing women, including New Jersey native Elizabeth Foster, who was killed in 1992.

    Two years ago, police linked Rowles to Foster's death. Foster's body was found in 1992 just a mile from where Tiffany Sessions disappeared three years before.

    Police also believe one of the referenced women, presumably Rowles' first victim, is a Miami woman he served prison time for murdering before being set free in 1985.

    'To me, the case is solved,' Patrick Sessions told the Miami Herald as he watched excavators root around for his dead daughter in the same swampy field where Foster's remains were found. 'I’m convinced this is the guy who did it.'

    Tiffany's mother seems to agree.

    'There is a solution to every case,' Hilary Sessions, who now lives Valrico, told the Tampa Bay Times. 'Some take longer than others. You just have to have faith.'

    Over the years, that faith was tested many time.

    Tiffany, a University of Florida student, disappeared from her Gainesville apartment with just a tape player. She said she was going out for an evening walk and was never heard from again.

    In the years since, the family sent out fliers, held news conferences and even bought billboards touting their considerable reward.

    At least 1,000 leads were generated over the years only to disappoint the Hilary, Patrick and Tiffany's little brother Jason.

    'It is just horrible to wake up every day and not have a clue what's going on,' said Patrick Sessions told the Tampa Bay Times.

    Sessions will no longer wake up wondering who took his daughter away.

    Paul Eugene Rowles, who died of cancer last year at a South Florida prison, denied any connection to Sessions' disappearance before his death as police questioned him over Foster's murder.

    But the notes he left behind suggested otherwise.

    It may not be a smoking gun, but it's close,' said Mr. Sessions.

    Rowles died serving a 19 year sentence for the 1994 rape and kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl in Clearwater.

    Thankfully, that girl was able to escape.

    Prior to that, Rowles served time for killing his female next door neighbor in 1972. He was released in 1985 after only 9 years.

    Rowles, police say, was working construction in Gainseville in right along Sessions' exercise route when she disappeared.

    On Thursday, police announced the break in the Sessions case as they excavated in the area in hopes of finding Sessions' remains.

    The Sessions family attended the press conference near the site alongside Gainesville mayor Ed Braddy and thanked each of the many investigators and journalists with whom they’ve worked since 1989.

    'So why are we here and what do we know,' asked Mr. Sessions as he pointed to photos of Rowles. 'This guy is the scum of the earth. He's destroyed three, four families that we know remorse.'

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    28 years later, Tiffany Sessions cold case remains open

    GAINESVILLE, Fla -- 28 years ago today, University of Florida student, Tiffany Sessions disappeared in Gainesville.

    Detectives named Paul Rowles, a serial killer, responsible for her death, but Sessions' body hasn't been found.

    "Everybody thinks this case has been solved when it hasn't," said Hilary Sessions, Tiffany's mother.

    Sessions was just 20 years old when she disappeared in 1989 after going for a routine jog near her apartment. 25 years later, a new lead turned the cold case warm.

    "Paul Rowles was a typical serial killer. He was loner. He stayed to himself. He was highly intelligent. Obsessed with 20-year-old females," said Kevin Allen, a Cold Case Homicide Detective with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

    Rowles is a convicted murderer who was out on parole around the time Sessions went missing. In 2012, DNA tests connected Rowles to the death of another 20-year-old student in Gainesville in 1992, strengthening investigators' belief Rowles was also Tiffany's killer.

    In 2013, Rowles died while incarcerated. Allen said he wasn't able to ask Rowles about Sessions, because Rowles was gravely ill. Detectives later found Rowles documented his victims.

    "Due to similarities of his previous confessed crimes, and his documentation of all the victims names, including the date of Tiffany's disappearance, we do believe he was responsible for Tiffany Sessions' disappearance," Allen said.

    Although the breakthrough brought some closure for Tiffany's mother, one question still remained; Where are Tiffany's remains?

    "It would break my heart for me to pass away and I didn't try anything that was in my power to give her a Christian burial," Sessions said.

    The answer may be like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

    "We know who's responsible for it. There's only one person in the world who knows where she is and he's dead."

    If you have information on this case, contact Detective Kevin Allen at (352)384-3323.

    Detectives said the case will remain open until Tiffany Sessions' remains are found.

    "It may take another year, another 5 years, it may take 20 years. The bottom line is we're not giving up hope we'll be able to find her," Sessions said.


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