A Florida stylist who, according to police, used more than a dozen false names in recent years, has been charged with murder in connection with the disappearance of her co-worker.
Kimberly Kessler, who has recently been using alias Jennifer Sybert, was charged with premeditated murder in the first degree, the Nassau County Sheriff's Office announced Friday.
Police believe Kessler is the last person to see 34-year-old Joleen Cummings alive, reports First Coast News.
Kessler was already in jail on a charge of grand theft after video surveillance surprised her by leaving Cummings' SUV in the parking lot of a Home Depot and then anxiously walking around a gas station while waiting for a taxi.
Kimberly Kessler (left) has been charged with premeditated murder in the first degree. Police believe that Kessler is the last person to see Joleen Cummings (right) alive
Cummings was last seen on May 12 leaving Tangles Hair Salon, where he worked with Kessler, who was using the fake name Jennifer Sybert
Sheriff Bill Leeper said Kessler was prosecuted by telephone on Friday and remains in the Duval County jail without bail.
Leeper said Kessler is not cooperating with the investigators, but believes they have enough evidence.
"I think people in our community will be surprised and surprised by what happened, this is where I grew up, this is my community, we all hear about cold-hearted, evil people who carry out atrocious crimes in other communities throughout our community. state, our nation and the world, "said the sheriff. "But when something like this happens in your community, to someone you know, it affects everyone."
Cummings, a mother of three, was reported missing by her ex-husband on Mother's Day after she was unable to pick up her children. The police believe that the last time they saw her was alive two days before, on May 12.
The researchers said that Cummings and Kessler worked together at Tangles Hair Salon in Yulee.
A day before Kessler was charged with murder, investigators released an audio recording of a police interview with an employee of the Gate gas station who spoke with Kessler on the day of Cummings' alleged disappearance.
The assistant told the officers he was working when Kessler came in and asked if he could call her a cab. The man said that Kessler seemed "irritable" and told him that he had gone out with friends and that one of his friend's ex-boyfriends had appeared. Kessler allegedly told the gas station attendant that things got ugly when the ex appeared.
The murder charge comes after police released a surveillance video showing Kessler leaving Cummings' SUV (pictured) in the parking lot of a Home Depot on May 12.
After leaving the car, Kessler went to a nearby service station and asked the attendant to call her a taxi.
Kessler said he needed the station worker to call him a taxi because he did not have to take it home. He also told the officers that Kessler talked about the effects that methamphetamine has on a person's body and became defensive & # 39; when he tried to leave and go back to the store.
"I did not want her to leave her alone, like when I tried to go back in and go to work," said the gas station attendant. & # 39; I thought whatever happened to scared her. & # 39;
The worker said he waited until his taxi arrived. He told the police that he had spoken with Kessler for approximately 15 minutes before leaving.
The detectives also interviewed the taxi driver who said he noticed that Kessler seemed irritated. She said Kessler asked if he was a born-again Christian and that they exchanged phone numbers because she wanted to go to church with him.
Leeper said Kessler, 44, has lived in 33 cities in 14 states, including Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas.
Since 1996 he has used 17 different aliases, including one belonging to a 13-year-old girl who died in a car accident in Germany and was buried in Pennsylvania.
The false names used by Kessler include: Christina Young, Pamela Kleiber, Melissa McKernan, Melissa Losy, Mia Stone, Jenn Lee Sybert Allen, Jennifer Seibring, Jennifer Marie Allen, Marie Sybert Stone, Christa Brooks, Pam Cleaver, Pamela Kleiver, Pamela Jean Kleiber, Jenn Siever Allen and Christina Melissa (Malissa) Brook.
The gas station attendant told the police that Kessler (pictured in black) seemed "irritable" and anxious while waiting for the booth.
Authorities said that Kessler (left) is not cooperating and that they have not located Cummings' body (right)
Kimberly Kessler is her real name. Former FBI agent Toni Chrabot previously told News 4 Jax that the FBI will begin an investigation into every false name.
Kessler's ex-boyfriend and his daughter's father said he did not know her as Kessler when they were together.
"I'm not sure what he was hiding, but this time he came to the wrong county and messed with the wrong people," Leeper said. "Fortunately, she will never have the opportunity to do something like this anymore."
Authorities did not find Cummings' body, but they discovered evidence in a Georgia landfill after Kessler appeared in a surveillance video by throwing a white trash bag into a dumpster when Cummings disappeared.
"Kessler is the person who knows where Joleen is and, unfortunately, he has not provided that information," Leeper said. "We will continue our efforts to find Joleen where we have credible evidence and our prayers are for them to find it."
The next appearance in Kessler's court is scheduled for Thursday.