Kelsi Jordan Krum
Kelsi, approximate photo date 1994 James Dennis Ford
Missing since: 08/11/1994
Type of missing case: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 12/23/1993 (26)
Age at time of disappearance: 7 months old
Height / Weight: 2'3, 17 pounds
Other characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Kelsi's ears are pierced, but she doesn't normally wear earrings. She was cutting her first teeth at the time of her disappearance.
Details at time of disappearance: Kelsi was last seen in her residence on Second Avenue in Arcadia, Florida with her mother, Kelli. 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 dropped most of her clothes, a baby swing, a walker and other items off at their house that day.
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 left a note behind saying she was going back to Arcadia, Florida to pick up her paycheck and would return the next day.
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 vehicle or any clothing for herself or her daughter only her purse and car keys were missing. Her uncle reported that he passed the Kelli and Kelsi's residence and saw Kelli's car parked in the driveway, facing the street, prior to their disappearances later, he passed the house again and saw the car turned around in the driveway, facing the house.
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. Photos of him are posted with 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 disappearances of Kelli and Kelsi.
There have been no arrests in the Krums' disappearances and the cases remain unsolved, but foul play is suspected.
Other case information
Agency in charge: DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
Other 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
The Tampa Tribune
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated August 4, 2018 picture added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.