, 2015

Gifford still missing;
search warrant is sealed

by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—Authorities continue to seek information regarding a Burgess resident who went missing July 6.

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Claudine Jaquier Gifford

Claudine Jaquier Gifford, 44, was last seen leaving the tiki bar at Pelican’s at the Point at Windmill Point around 8:30 p.m., accompanied by her companion, Todd Kessler. A later report suggests four men helped her into a silver Nissan SUV.

Several search parties have combed the Windmill Point and Corrotoman River areas, with tracking dogs and cadaver dogs. Sheriff’s deputies have conducted aerial searches from State Police helicopters while marine police searched waterways and shorelines by boat.

A related search warrant was sealed by the Lancaster County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office.

According to assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kenny Kunkle, the warrant was sealed at the request of law enforcement to reduce exposure of information sensitive to the investigation.

“It will only be sealed until anyone is arrested on charges,” he said.

“We’re still following up on leads and checking all tips and information we receive,” said Sheriff Ronnie Crockett. “The investigators continue to put in a lot of hours in the search and investigation.”

The sheriff’s office last week recognized and thanked many who helped with the search, and added three more to the list this week. They include Noblett Appliances for donating propane used to cook food for the search teams on July 12, and 4 Season Lawn Care and Geo Products for the loan of ATVs used to save valuable time during the search.

According to a social media site dedicated to Gifford, friends and family celebrated her 44th birthday on Monday with tributes. Gifford is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 112 pounds, with brown eyes and wavy light brown hair. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored tank top, blue jeans and sandals.

Anyone with information about the case or Gifford’s current location is asked to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s office at 462-5111 or Crime Solvers at 462-7463.

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