There has been a bit of hope surface in the case of missing student Tiffany Sessions, who went missing in Gainsville, FL in Feb. 1989. Gone without a trace. And there has been no trace ever since. Her mother, Hilary Sessions, has viewed more than 170 dead bodies in the 218 months (and unfortunately, still counting) since she disappeared. This is a long time for a parent to wait and hope for their child to come home. However, she has made the best of this time by helping children as the Director of Child Protection Education of America. She helps to educate children to avoid being abducted. I admire her for her strength through this.
The new development has come in the way of a “new person of interest”. I don’t know that he is considered a true suspect yet, but hopefully something will come of this. Agent Larry Ruby has been working on Tiffany’s case for the last 15 years. This person lived in the area at the time and was a delivery person who may have been around the apartment complex she lived at.
“He’s got kind of a violent history and he’s just a person that could commit a crime like this and let it roll of his shoulders and never look back,” says Ruby.Ruby says the man had a job back in February 1989 that would allow him to go to apartment complexes as a delivery man. Ruby says right now, he has not found evidence that the man knew Tiffany.“We don’t have anything that connects them together other than we’ve gotten information that he liked to cruise the campus and kind of check out the girls on campus,” says Ruby.
Ruby says he’s not been able to rule out another man as a potential suspect either. Michael Knickerbocker, 41, is serving six consecutive life sentences for rapes in Gainesville and the 1989 rape and murder of a 12 year old girl in Starke.“We haven’t been able to associate him (Knickerbocker) to this crime and part of the reason is that we have no crime, no crime scene, no way we don’t really know what happened,” says Ruby.
Tiffany has now been missing for 18 years. At first I thought she might be a victim of Danny Rolling, but I don’t think anything came of that. I hope that one of these two leads will produce some kind of resolution to this. Her parents, friends and loved ones need to know. And Tiffany deserves justice.