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First Degree Murder Charges filed in Joleen Cummings case

By Susan Hardee Steger
September 8, 2018 10:35 a.m.

Kimberly Kessler appearing in a booking photo shortly after her arrest in May 2018.

Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper announced that a grand jury has determined there is sufficient evidence to charge Kimberly Kessler with first degree premeditated murder in the death of Joleen Cummings who disappeared on May 12.

Kessler, who used a number of aliases, worked with Cummings at the Tangles Hair Salon on A1A located in the unincorporated area of Nassau County. Kessler, was initially charged with  grand auto theft is in the Duval County Jail.  She continues to be uncooperative with authorities.  Despite intense efforts by law enforcement, Cummings’ remains have not been located.

According to Leeper, “Joleen did leave behind plenty of evidence to assist law enforcement in solving her murder.”

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