Kelsi Jordan Krum

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Above: Kelsi, circa 1994

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 11, 1994 from Arcadia, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 23, 1993
  • Age: 7 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'3, 17 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kelsi was last seen in her residence on Second Avenue in Arcadia, Florida with her mother, Kelli Krum, just prior to 12:00 a.m. on August 11, 1994. Kelli was in the process of moving to her parents' home in Sebring, Florida at the time. She and Kelsi were reportedly last seen by their cousin, James Dennis "Jimbo" Ford, just before he left their home. Kelli was apparently speaking on the phone and packing boxes at the time Ford saw her. Neither she nor Kelsi have been heard from again.

    Kelli and Kelsi's residence did not show any signs of a struggle when investigators searched the house shortly after their disappearances. Their belongings had been partially packed in preparation for the pending move. Kelli didn't take her purse, vehicle or any clothing for herself or her daughter. Ford was given a polygraph test in 1997 regarding the Krums' cases and failed. He refused to take another lie detector test and has never been charged in connection with the disappearances.

    Ford was convicted in 1999 for the brutal 1997 murders of a Punta Gorda, Florida couple, Greg and Kim Malony. Greg was Ford's co-worker. Ford shot Greg in the back of the head, beat him with an ax and slit his throat. He raped Kim, beat her and shot her in the head. He was arrested a short time later and DNA evidence tied him to the crimes. He is currently on death row awaiting execution. A photo of him is posted below this case summary. The investigation into the homicides led authorities to investigate the renewed possibility Ford was involved in the Krums' cases, as well as an unsolved Florida homicide from 1984. Investigators searched an orange grove near Arcadia in 1997 after Ford's arrest when they received a tip that the Krums' bodies were buried in the area. No evidence was located at the site. Ford maintains that he knows nothing about the disappeararances of Kelli and Kelsi.

    There have been no arrests in the Krums' disappearances and the cases remain unsolved, but foul play is suspected.

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    Above: James Dennis Ford

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
    863-993-4700

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Sun Herald
    Florida Department Of Law Enforcement
    The Herald Tribune
    Florida Commission on Capital Cases

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 10, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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