Tiffany Louise Sessions, 20, was a college student at The University Of Florida, who went missing on February 9, 1989. Thirty-Three years ago today.
In 2014, a suspect was named as a possible killer, Paul Eugene Rowles, although Tiffany’s body has not been found or identified. Rowles died in 2013 while incarcerated.
Sessions disappeared around 4-5 pm on February 9, 1989, after informing her college roommate that she planned to go jogging. When she failed to return after several hours, the roommate called Sessions’ mother.
There was no evidence to suggest where she may have been abducted; the exact distance she reached remains unknown. Because she did not take her identification, vehicle, or other possessions with her, it was determined she did not disappear voluntarily.
Some witnesses reported seeing a woman resembling enter a vehicle following a conversation with several of its passengers. This sighting remains unconfirmed; as the female in question could not be identified.
Extensive investigation has taken place in Session’s case, as she has been excluded as the possible identity of at least 150 unidentified bodies. It is generally believed she was murdered, as there were no signs of activity following her disappearance, and she appeared to have intended to return to her apartment.
Two known serial killers have been considered potential suspects. While incarcerated, Michael Christopher Knickerbocker, also a serial rapist, bragged that he’d discarded Sessions’ body in the Caloosahatchee River, near the city of Fort Meyers. Circumstantial information regarding his residence at the time has conflicted with his statement.
Police believe the theory that Sessions was murdered by Paul Eugene Rowles to be more credible than that implicating Knickerbocker. Rowles, who also had a history of sexual offenses, was employed close to where Sessions lived, and he reportedly failed to appear on February 9, 1989.
An address book he used to catalog his victims had an entry for the same date. He died in 2013; his potential link to this case was released in 2014. A victim linked to Rowles through DNA was discovered in close proximity to where Sessions had likely been abducted.
If you have any information on this case or any other cold case please contact Detective Kevin Allen at (352) 384-3323. You can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward by contacting Alachua County Crime Stoppers Inc 352-372-STOP(7867) or download the Crime Stoppers P3 Tips app.