The Buyer Group Uses Social Media for Missing Person Case

Father Uses Social Media to Find Missing Daughter After 20 Years
Patrick Sessions Launches Official Tiffany Sessions Blog and Outreach

Gainesville, FL – February 9, 2009 – When missing person Tiffany Sessions (http://tiffanysessions.com/) disappeared from Gainesville without a trace on February 9, 1989, there was no Amber Alert, no Web sites displaying pictures of missing kids – and no social media to spread the word across the country with a few keystrokes.

Tiffany Sessions is still missing, her case is still open, and real estate developer-turned missing children advocate, Patrick Sessions, is leveraging social media tools to help police find missing children and especially the daughter he last saw when she was 19-years-old.  Refusing to give up on his daughter, Sessions is launching the “Official Tiffany Sessions” Web site blog on February 9, 2009, the 20th anniversary of his daughter’s disappearance.

A $25,000 reward is being offered by the Sessions family for information leading to the remains of Tiffany Sessions and the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her abduction.

The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a press conference on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM in the Patrol Squad Room of the Sheriff’s Office, located at 2621 SE Hawthorne Road to mark the 20-year anniversary of the case.

“There was no Facebook when Tiffany was in college. No cell phones to trace her whereabouts. No MySpace pages to investigate,” Sessions says. “I am launching this Web site blog in hopes that someone out there knows where Tiffany is or can offer new leads that will help us find her.  We believe social media can play a vital role in finding missing children everywhere, including Tiffany.”

Tiffany was last seen leaving her apartment at Casablanca East Condominiums in Gainesville at 6 PM on February 9, 1989.  She told her roommate she was going to take a walk along Williston Road.  She was carrying a black Sony Walkman, but had left her keys, wallet, and identification at home.  Over the years there have been many conflicting stories, theories, and testimonials about what happened after Tiffany left her apartment – but no concrete evidence was ever discovered.  At the time of her disappearance, Tiffany had blonde hair, brown eyes and stood 5’3 tall, weighing 125 pounds. Tiffany was last seen wearing red sweatpants and a white, long-sleeved sweatshirt with the word “ASPEN” stitched across the front in green letters.

The Alachua County Sheriff Office’s Cold Case Unit has done an intense amount of work in the last two years on the Tiffany Sessions Case #: 01569-89.

“This is still a viable case with several new leads being developed and explored by members of the Unit. This 20-year anniversary of Tiffany’s disappearance is a time to remember and recommit ourselves to resolving as many unsolved missing persons and murder cases as possible,” said Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell, who was originally part of the case in 1989 as the Gainesville Police Department’s public spokesperson. “It is my hope that our efforts in this case, in addition to solving a crime, will bring a measure of comfort to the Sessions family. We hope our dedication to this case will honor the tragedy they continue to endure and some day give them answers to the haunting questions about their loved one’s place or demise.  Tiffany remains forever young and forever a constant reminder to our community of the love and support of a family during her life and in her absence. We remain steadfast partners with her family in solving this case.”

To learn more about the missing persons case of Tiffany Sessions, including the details surrounding her unexplained disappearance and links to contact legal authorities with pertinent information, visit http://TiffanySessions.com.  In addition to serving as a vital resource for Tiffany’s case, the Web site will also act as a resource for other parents and friends coping with the disappearance of a loved one by providing phone numbers and links to missing persons organizations.

“I’m hoping that you all will think about this and if you were in the Gainesville area or have any information about what happened to Tiffany, or if any of your friend’s do, to please go to the links on the site and let the appropriate people know,” Sessions said.  “I really need your help and I really appreciate if you could pass this on.  We can use social media to help solve this case and bring hope to many parents with missing children.”

Media Contacts:
Please see the following sources for more information and/or interviews:

Patrick Sessions – Miami, Florida
Tiffany’s Father, 305-609-6443

Jason Sessions – Jacksonville, Florida
Tiffany’s brother, 904-386-8380

Alachua County Sheriff’s Department
Public Information Office:
Steve Maynard, 352-367-4041
Send Tiffany Sessions Leads to:
rdean@alachuasheriff.org, 352-367-4161
Case #: 01569-89

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)
Larry Ruby     LarryRuby@FDLE.State.Fl.US, 386-418-5411

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
800-843-5678

Tiffany Sessions Media Contact

Lisa Buyer lbuyer@thebuyergroup.com
The Buyer Group, PR/SEO, 954-354-1411 x14

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