Father's fight

Tiffany Sessions has been missing four months now, after disappearing from her apartment in Gainesville. Her father Patrick has done everything imaginable to find her. Patrick Sessions is pictured here in the Tiffany Hotline Room in Weston, where photos of his missing daughter cover the walls. (File / Sun Sentinel / November 25, 2008)

Tiffany Sessions was abducted and presumed murdered by a serial killer 25 years ago.

And, he died of natural causes one week shy of exactly a year ago today. That’s the bittersweet story widely expected to be delivered by police on Thursday.

The monster is dead, out of reach of the long arm of the law. He passed away in prison for other crimes, but not for the terrible things he may have done to Tiffany.

He is every daddy’s nightmare.


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Tiffany Sessions was a 20-year-old University of Florida student when she disappeared during an early evening stroll near her off-campus apartment in Gainesville.  Police believe Paul Rowles was there too. He is now suspect #1 because the body of his last victim was discovered close to where Tiffany went missing on Feb. 9, 1989.

She was the All-American blond girl next door. She grew up riding horses. She loved tennis and boating. She was her mother’s “North Star.”  

Tiffany was also the daughter of a very rich man.

Her missing person’s case sparked a massive manhunt. Her smiling face was plastered across newspapers and TV reports across the country. There was a psychic. A $250,000 reward. Dan Marino and the Florida governor even got involved.

Every effort failed to find Tiffany.  

And sadly, her tragic tale became one of those scary stories fathers told their daughters once more before sending them off to college.

Every daddy tells his little girl the same thing: Be careful. Keep your guard up. Never trust a stranger.

We only pray it sinks in and lasts long after we let go of that little precious hand.

Daniel Vasquez may be reached at 954-356-4219 or @ConsumerDan.