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Kelsi disappeared with her mother, Kelli Jo Krum, who is also missing. They were last seen in Arcadia about a day before they planned to move to Sebring, to Kelli's mother's home. On August 11, Kellie dropped off most of her clothes, a baby swing, a walker and other sundries at her mother's home. She left a suitcase in the bedroom she and Kelsi were to share, and a note saying she was going back to Arcadia to pick up her paycheck. She said she would return the next day. Her new job, with a plastic manufacturer, was to begin the next week. A cousin stopped by her home around midnight and saw her packing for the next day's move.
Sheriff's deputies found Krum's car keys and purse. Her car was parked in the driveway. Her family found her belongings partially packed and scattered around the house. Some household items were boxed and ready to go, and others were in the process of being packed. There was no indication of foul play.
James Denis Ford was arrested and later convicted of the 1997 murders of a Punta Gorda couple, prompting an additional inquiry into the Krums' disappearances. Ford was Kelli Krum's cousin, and the last person to see them alive. He left her Arcadia home after midnight and police said he later failed a polygraph test. Ford claims to know nothing of his cousin's disappearance and is currently on death row at Union Correctional Institution.
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De Soto County Sheriff's Office
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