The news was hard to turn away from: three women missing for 10-plus years found alive and well in Ohio.
For Drew Kesse, it was an emotional night without much sleep.
"I couldn't turn away. And for a few moments, one of the women was not named. For a fleeting second it was, 'are they going to say Jennifer, are they going to say Jennifer, are they going to say Jennifer?' "
He almost willed the law enforcement officer on the TV screen to say one of the missing girls was his daughter, Jennifer Kesse. She's been missing since January 24th, 2006.
Jennifer grew up in Tampa, went to Gaither High School.
But she went missing from Orlando where she went to college and ultimately got a job.
"It plays with your mind every day, every second of every day. I don't wish it on anyone. But it's the roller coaster that happens," he said.
Hilary Sessions has been on that roller coaster for 24 years. Her daughter Tiffany grew up in Valrico and disappeared February 9th, 1989. She was at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Tiffany went for a walk near her off campus apartment and never came home.
Hilary wakes up everyday wondering if this will be the day Tiffany comes home.
"It just renews my hope that this is something that will happen with Tiffy and all the other missing children. This is what every family of a missing child hopes for."
Drew and Hilary are thrilled for the families of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.
But they hope this will be the spark for law enforcement to dig back through the missing persons cases.
Hilary also says she hopes this will show law enforcement that even runaways need a second look. Michelle Knight's case was considered a runaway when she went missing in Ohio.
"The police discount half, half, 750,000 children every single year are not even looked for by law enforcement. Out of 1 million and a half missing kids every year, 750,000. are considered...oh, we don't care about them, they are runaways."
The families sit and watch the happy reunions. They just hope one day that will be them, on the receiving end.
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