Missing Mom Joleen Cummings Believed Dead, Suspect Is Co-Worker Who's Also Been 'Missing' Since 2004

May 23, 2018
By: Mike McPadden

Jolene Cummings and Julie Sybert/Kimberly Kessler

Photo by: Nassau County Sheriff's Department

Nassau County Sheriff's Department

Jolene Cummings and Julie Sybert/Kimberly Kessler

YULEE, FL — Authorities say a mom who vanished this past Mother's Day is now believed dead, and that the prime suspect is the woman's hair salon coworker who herself has been listed as "missing" from Pennsylvania since 2004.

Joleen Jensen Cummings, 34, was last seen on May 12 leaving Tangles, the hair salon where she worked. Family members reported Cummings missing the next day, after she failed to pick up her children from her ex-husband for a Mother's Day celebration. Mother's Day was also Cummings' birthday.

After intense searching, law enforcement now presumes Cummings is dead. Without being specific, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper told the press:

"We have obtained evidence that we are not releasing at this time which leads us to believe that Joleen is not alive."

On May 15, officers found the Ford SUV Cummings was driving abandoned in a Home Depot parking lot. Surveillance footage revealed someone sitting inside the driver's seat, and then getting out and walking to a gas station.

Police say they have identified the person on the video as Julie Sybert, 50, a woman who also worked at Tangles on the last day anyone saw Cummings alive. She was found living out of her Kia Soul in nearby St. John's County the following day.

Further investigation has reportedly revealed that Sybert had given her employers a fake address and Social Security number, and the FBI has since charged her for possessing a counterfeit passport.

In addition, since 2004, Sybert has been listed as "missing under suspicious circumstances" from Butler, Pennsylvania. However, the name she was reported missing under is Kimberly Kessler, which is actually her real name.

Compounding the overall air of mystery is that Jason Gee, Cummings' ex-boyfriend, remains a "person of interest" in the case.

Five days before the disappearance, a neighbor called police to report what sounded like "a loud argument with things being broken."

Cummings told responders that Gee had shown up and wanted to stay at the house, but she told him to leave. Police later found Gee hiding under a pile of cardboard boxes and arrested him on an outstanding warrant for violating probation.

In the meantime, Leeper has said that authorities are continuing to search for Joleen Cummings. Anyone with information on Cummings or Kessler can call the Nassau County Sheriff's Department at (904) 548-4005 or First Coast Crime Stoppers at (866) 845-8477 (TIPS).

Watch Now:

Next Up

Have You Seen Missing Florida Mom Lauren Dumolo?

Investigators say since Lauren Dumolo vanished they've worked hundreds of leads. At this point, none have led to her whereabouts. Please call or text the "In Pursuit" hotline with your tips on this case: 833-378-7783.

Missing Mom Texted 'I Will Be In Tomorrow If I'm Not Dead'; Cops ID Husband As Suspect

Cheryl Coker vanished in October 2018; police believe she is “not alive.”

Pregnant Mom Akia Eggleston Missed Her Own Baby Shower; Hasn't Been Seen Since 2017

The 22-year-old, who was eight months pregnant, was reported missing when she failed to show up at her own baby shower.

Cops Confirm Remains Found Are Missing Mom Savannah Spurlock; Suspect Arrested

Savannah Spurlock vanished in January; the body was reportedly found on property owned by the suspect's family.

In 2016, Kristal Reisinger Said She Was Raped, Then She Vanished In The Colorado Woods

Rumors surround the alleged sex assault and disappearance of the 29-year-old mom; now investigators need your help to find the facts.

Kentucky Cops Say Andrea Knabel, Mom Who Searched For Missing Persons, Has Vanished

Andrea Knabel, 37, has been missing since August 13, according to authorities.

Daughter Isn't Stopping The Search For Her Mom After Father Claims She Died

Police say more than 150 tips have come in on the Angela Green case and this is currently an active missing persons investigation.

Gone Girl? A Deep Dive Into The Case Of Missing Mom Jennifer Dulos

Authorities have reportedly found garbage bags containing clothing and sponges stained with blood belonging to Jennifer Dulos.

Sophie Reeder Vanished In 2017, Her Family Is Still Searching For Her

If you have any information about Sophie Reeder's case, please contact the "In Pursuit" hotline by calling or texting. Remember, you can always remain anonymous: 833-378-7783