BRADENTON, Fla. (FOX 13) - It’s taken two years and thousands of dollars, but Drew and Joyce Kesse believe they’ve taken a big step into finding their daughter, Jennifer, who went missing in Orlando in 2006.
"I mean, we've tried everything we could possibly think of to try and find Jenn through any means, and the only thing we have left is the real true files that officials were dealing with," Drew said.
The family had to sue to get the case file from the Orlando Police Department. It's a massive file, containing over 14,000 pages of investigative notes and hours of video footage. They plan to hand over the documents to their private investigator to go over with a fresh set of eyes and fine-tooth comb.
"As well, we will obviously be reading the files," Drew said.
The couple says it's exciting in one sense, but scary in another.
"It could contain the missing pieces of the puzzle that a fresh set of eyes may be able to uncover, but in the same token, what if it doesn't yield anything?" Joyce said.
Police fought the release, saying it was an active investigation. A judge has given police 120 days to hand everything over. At that point, the Kesses say they'll drop the lawsuit.
"As soon as we receive everything in our hands and we're satisfied, that we've received everything in Jenn's file, then we were drop the lawsuit, yes," Drew said.
Still, it's hard to admit this could be a final effort.
"I'm not going say the last chance, but this is the best that we can do for our daughter, in trying to help find the answer to bring her home," Joyce said.
"It's getting close, it's getting close," Drew said. "I cannot stop. It is not within our DNA to stop looking for someone that we not only created, but raised for 24 years."