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Patrick Sessions’ daughter, Tiffany, disappeared in 1989 in Gainesville.


Published Feb. 12, 1989

Tiffany Sessions, a 20-year-old finance major at the University of Florida, was indulging in one of her favorite pastimes — power walking — when she disappeared on a dark, wooded road near her Gainesville apartment.

She is an avid athlete whose family’s wealth has allowed her to indulge passions for skiing and horseback riding.

Two years ago, she took up power walking as an alternative to jogging because she was troubled by shinsplints. Last week, Tiffany had been looking forward to an annual ski trip in Aspen, Colo., with her father, Patrick Sessions, the president of the Weston Division of Arvida, the South Florida real estate giant, said her grandmother Ellen Sessions.

Friends and relatives described Tiffany as cheerful, energetic and somewhat headstrong — a person with strong opinions who never hesitated to express them.

“She’s a strong woman, both physically and emotionally, which I’m hoping will stand her in good stead with whatever is going on now,” Ellen Sessions said Saturday from her Coral Gables home.

“She’s vivacious, very attractive, very bright,” said Marla Tannenbaum, public relations manager for Arvida’s Weston division, where Tiffany worked as a receptionist last summer.

Tiffany’s parents were divorced a year after her birth at Doctor’s Hospital in Coral Gables. As a child, she traveled around the country with her mother, Hilary Sessions, who was in the U.S. Air Force.

She went to schools in Davis, Calif.; Austin, Texas; and Boxborough, Mass. — where her mother’s parents had a farm — before enrolling at Lawrence Academy, an exclusive boarding school in nearby Groton, Mass.

“When we moved back up to Massachusetts in 1975, I bought her a pony and she was old enough to handle the pony,” said Hilary Sessions. “She was 7 at the time. She’s been riding ever since.”

Tiffany rode competitively and went fox hunting with the Groton Pony Club.

Hilary Sessions was remarried to Douglas Brown, the president of South Florida Fishermen near Tampa, but kept the Sessions name. They live in Valrico.

Patrick Sessions was remarried to Kitty Sessions and they have a son, 16-year-old Jason, who attends St. Andrews School in Boca Raton. Patrick and Kitty have since divorced.

Tiffany Sessions disappeared while jogging in Gainseville in February 1989.

At the University of Florida, Tiffany has been a serious student. She took part in the whirl of pledge parties her freshman year but decided not to join a sorority because she felt it would distract her from academics, her mother said. That’s also why Tiffany decided to move from her dormitory room to an off-campus apartment she shares with a friend, 23- year-old Kathleen Hsu.

Despite a serious bout of mononucleosis her first semester, Tiffany decided not to drop out of school and ended up with a C average. Then she made an agreement with her father: If she got a B average or better, he would pay her car insurance.

Since then, she has had a 3.5 grade-point average, her mother said. Tiffany told her parents she wanted to go into business, perhaps get a real estate broker’s license.

“She wants to be an officer of a company,” Hilary Sessions said. “She doesn’t want to be a grunt.”

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