FERNANDINA BEACH, Florida — The case of a missing mother of three took a sinister turn when cops announced the arrest of coworker with a dark past and stated that they don’t believe the woman who disappeared is still alive.
Joleen Cummings, 34, was last seen on May 12 leaving work at a hair salon and was reported missing two days later when she failed to pick up her three kids from her ex-husband, cops said.
Cops zeroed in on the suspect when they found Cummings vehicle outside a Home Depot and surveillance footage showed her colleague, Jennifer Sybert, getting out of the car alone, WJXT-TV reported.
Detectives went to the salon last week in the hopes of finding Sybert, but when she failed to show up for work. They eventually tracked her down, finding her living in her car with scratches on her face. She was charged with grand theft auto, while investigators made made a startling discovery.
Turns out Sybert isn’t her real name. Her actual name is Kimberly Kessler who had disappeared under “suspicious circumstances” from her hometown in Pennsylvania in 2004. She allegedly stole the identity of Jennifer Sybert from a 13-year-old Pennsylvania girl who died in a car crash in Germany.
A subsequent investigation has led cops to believed that Cummings is dead and they say Kessler is a suspect. She remains in custody.