PHOTO GALLERY: Search for evidence in Joleen Cummings case
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said Monday that the search for evidence has narrowed in the case of a Nassau County mother who has been missing since May.
The FBI and Nassau County are working together to search the Chesser Island landfill in Folkston, Ga. The agencies are combing through the landfill for evidence related to the disappearance of Joleen Cummings.
.@NCSO_FL Sheriff Leeper: says suspect Kimberly Kessler was seen throwing a white trash bag & a trash can of unknown contents. The trashed items were dumped at the Georgia landfill where teams are searching now. @ActionNewsJax @WOKVNews— Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) July 9, 2018
Kimberly Kessler is the only suspect in the disappearance of Cummings, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper said. Kessler is thought to have thrown a white bag into a Nassau County dumpster, and authorities are looking for items possibly in that bag.
The bag is A "Normal size white trash bag that you’d get from the grocery store," Leeper said.
"We’re on track, we’re making progress, this is a large operation," Leeper said. "A lot goes into doing one of these searches. This is still challenging. It’s kind of like a puzzle, trying to piece it all together."
The search, despite the heat and labor-intensiveness of the task, is going well, Leeper said. The agencies have narrowed their search grid in the landfill, the FBI said.
The FBI feels they will find what they are looking for despite the difficulty of a landfill search, Jacksonville Special Agent in Charge Charles Spencer said.
Cummings' mother, Anne Johnson, spoke Monday at the gates of the landfill.
"Today is 58 days that I have no closure. My heart is pounding for the recovery of my daughter," Johnson said, fighting back tears. "We miss Coleen and we need closure.
"If you know anything about [suspect] Kimberly Kessler, please come forward. I ask for justice to be served. I ask everyone to pray without ceasing.
"At 6 p.m. [Monday] I ask everyone top stop what they are doing and say a prayer for my daughter, and a prayer for justice.
"God hears prayers."
Sheriff: “This is challenging, like a puzzle, putting it all together.” @ActionNewsJax— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) July 9, 2018
FBI: “It is very tedious, exhaustive work but they’re powering through it.” @ActionNewsJax— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) July 9, 2018
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