In 2005 Vaz invited Jessie to travel with him to Florida. There, he apparently delighted the young woman by taking her for trips on the ocean and introducing her to watersports. Previously, Jessie had been a high-achieving student who spent her summers at Bible camp. Now, she’d glimpsed a new and exciting world.
Visits to Atlantic City and New York soon followed, with Vaz continuing to show Jessie a seemingly glamorous side of life. Then, in May 2005 she met a woman named Yvonne Hubrechtsen, who offered her a job in Las Vegas, Nevada. And after celebrating her 21st birthday in Vegas, Jessie decided to stick around.
In Las Vegas, things seemed to develop quickly. Soon, Jessie had entered into a relationship with Peter Todd, a much older man. Together, the pair began renting an expensive property in the north of the city. And even though Todd could afford the house and numerous vehicles without any discernible form of income, Jessie appeared to believe that everything was above board.