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Butler native accused of murder says she has been on the run for 25 years

October 16, 2018 News Extra

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Kimberly Kessler

A summary of discovery documents indicates that bank robbery and 25 years of evading the FBI are new admissions to the bizarre case of a former Butler woman accused of killing a woman in Florida after years of living under aliases in multiple states.

Kimberly Kessler's case has grown in scope and notoriety in recent months, as it has expanded from a years-long missing persons cold case into a homicide investigation involving a co-worker of Kessler's who went missing in May.

The case surrounding the disappearance of Joleen Cummings, 34, has seen FBI investigators pouring through a landfill near the Georgia-Florida border, police interviewing gas station attendants about Kessler's appearance and more than a dozen false identities cropping up from Kessler's life after she left Butler County.

Now new news in the case will likely be reduced to legal documents and court proceedings.

This is an excerpt — read the full story in the Butler Eagle.

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