Jennifer Sybert: 10 things we know about suspect in Nassau mom's disappearance

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — Jennifer Sybert is a suspect in the disappearance of missing Nassau County mother Joleen Jensen Cummings, Sheriff Bill Leeper said Tuesday.

Cummings, 34, was last seen leaving work at Tangles Hair Salon on May 12. She was reported missing by her mother, Anne Johnson, on May 14.


Sybert was seen on surveillance video parking Cummings' 2006 Ford Expedition around 1:17 a.m. Sunday, May 13.

Here is what we know about Sybert:

1. Her real name is Kimberly Kessler. A grave has been found with the same name Kessler is alleged to have used as an alias. 

Investigators then found that Sybert's real name is Kimberly Kessler. She is from Butler, Pennsylvania, and her birthday is May 9, 1968.

Pennsylvania State Police now say Kessler disappeared in 2004, but her family didn't report her missing until 2012.

Authorities said they investigated very briefly and realized she was someone who didn’t want to be found – and left it at that. Neighbors at her childhood home say she called them from a Florida jail years ago, asking for help.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper confirms they're looking to see if Kessler stole this identity. They are also looking into her missing person's case.

LOCATED: This is the gravestone of a girl whose name was allegedly used by a woman who traveled to Nassau County to live...

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2. Kimberly Kessler disappeared in 2004.

Action News Jax found that Kimberly Kessler has been missing from Butler County, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 2004.

Leeper confirmed for Action News Jax that the person they have in custody is the Kimberly Kessler who was reported missing in 2004.

Trooper Jim Long with the Pennsylvania State Police said Kessler's disappearance was considered suspicious. The PSP were notified by her family in Butler County that Kessler made it known that she was going south to meet up with someone and assume the identity that she got from a tombstone.

PSP said it seemed like Kessler didn't want to be found.

Kessler also had another listed alias, Pamela Kleber/Kleiber, according to Kessler's original missing persons flyer.

3. She faced federal charges. 

She had been using a fake Social Security number and has been charged by the FBI with a federal offense of possession of a counterfeit passport.

4. Sybert had been working at the same place as Cummings for a month.

Leeper said detectives showed up at Tangles May 15 at 10 a.m. to speak with Sybert, who was reportedly the last person to see Cummings. Sybert did not show up for work that day.

Sybert also reportedly worked at the Great Clips on County Road 210 for a short time. Coworkers there said she was nice some days but that they felt uncomfortable working with her. She seemed paranoid and obtained employment at the hair salon by using false information, a former coworker said.

5. She was apparently homeless and living in her car. Her car was found in St. Johns County. 

The address where she was supposed to be living -- the one she gave to the owner of Tangles -- was a bogus address, Leeper said.

Sybert was located by investigators on May 16 parked in her 2016 black Kia Soul between two semi-trucks at a rest area in St. Johns County. Leeper said Sybert had been living in her car at various locations. She was arrested in St. Johns County and brought back to Nassau County on a charge of grand theft auto.

6. Former boss said she once ate a pound of beef with her hands.

The manager at Woody's BBQ in Fernandina Beach described her as "over the top" and said Sybert definitely had her quirks.

He said she once ate a pound of beef using her hands -- without using utensils.

7. She quit job at Woody's BBQ after an argument with a co-worker -- over sliced lemons.

The manager at Woody’s BBQ in Fernandina Beach, near Tangles Hair Salon, told Action News Jax that Sybert/Kessler worked there for about a week. He said she quit after an argument with another employee over sliced lemons.

8. She got her cosmetology license in 2014.

Sybert graduated with a cosmetology license in 2014 with 1,200 hours of schooling. Sybert has a Florida cosmetologist license and shows Sybert's address listed as a P.O. Box in Fernandina Beach. Her license expires October 31, 2019.

9. Man who went to cosmetology school with Sybert said she drank mouthwash and also hid in cabinets.

A man who went to cosmetology school with Sybert at Toni and Guy in Jacksonville for nine months between 2013 and 2014 said she was a "problem at school."

"She had a problem and knew how to torment you and get under your skin. But she knew how to use her words. She spoke very intelligent and used to drink mouthwash she hid in cabinets," he said.

10. People who knew Kessler as a child said she wanted to kill her brother with a bat.

Action News Jax's sister station, WPXI in Pittsburgh, tracked down a couple who had known Kessler as a child. They said Kessler had been a nice kid, but showed her violent streak when she got mad at her brother.

"She wanted to kill him with a bat and I told her, 'Kimberly, you can't do that,'" Maria Mills said.