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    VA - Claudine Gifford, 43, White Stone, 6 July 2014 - *T. Kessler Guilty*



    http://wtvr.com/2014/07/09/claudine-...fford-missing/

    LANCASTER COUNTY, Va. – Claudine Jaquier Gifford, 43, was reported missing in Lancaster County. Gifford was last seen Sunday night leaving the Tiki Bar in White Stone, Virginia, according to Lancaster Sheriff’s Capt. Marty Shirilla.

    Gifford is described as a 5’4″ white female who weighs about 112 pounds. She was last seen wearing a multicolored tank top, blue jeans and sandals.
    Claudine's FB: https://www.facebook.com/claudine.j.gifford

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    The article says "Ground and air search teams yesterday began working in the area" but this search expansion is "part of what are considered the normal, next steps to take under the circumstances in this case.” Sounds like the circumstances are not good. BTW, White Stone is apparently really tiny: the 2010 census lists the population as 352.
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    Who reported her missing? Have they identified the man she left with? If so, have they questioned him? Is it possible they decided to go away somewhere together?
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    The fact that they are doing these kinds of searches tells me that they have strong suspicions of foul play and a good idea where to look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpfulcharlie View Post
    The fact that they are doing these kinds of searches tells me that they have strong suspicions of foul play and a good idea where to look.
    I think they so; otherwise, this would be a pretty odd statement from the Lancaster County SO:

    https://www.facebook.com/lancaster.s...449354/?type=1

    Beginning today the operation expanded to include shoreline and shallow water searches, to include the creeks, on both the bay side and the river side from Windmill Point north. The Virginia Marine Police and the Virginia State Police will be assisting in the search efforts. “This is still being worked as a missing person case. The expanded actions are part of what are considered the normal, next steps to take under the circumstances in this case,” said Capt. Martin Shirilla, the sheriff’s public information officer.

    “Past cases have proved that tidal flow is not a simple matter of water in and out of the creeks and up and down the river. It is not unusual for a body, if there is one, to wash ashore several miles upriver from the original point of entry into the water. And there are numerous factors to consider before a body, if there is one, to wash ashore or surface” said Lt. E.T. Self, the sheriff’s chief investigator.

    Gifford was last seen leaving the Tiki Bar at Windmill Point about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday July 6 in the company of a man.
    I wonder if they know who the man is. Sounds like maybe they do, since they haven't offered any description of him.

    ETA: Okay, never mind, found it. They do know who he is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G&AMom View Post
    BTW, White Stone is apparently really tiny: the 2010 census lists the population as 352.
    Oh yes, White Stone is the very definition of tiny. And is in a county that is not densely populated. To say that everyone knows everyone is not a stretch--at all.

    If you look at a map of the area, the bar where Claudine was last seen is at the very end of a dead end road.

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    Do they know who this man is she was with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen730 View Post
    Do they know who this man is she was with?
    Yes, and it's rather surprising there hasn't been an arrest already. Maybe LE is waiting to see if they can find the body?

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    http://www.northernnecknews.com/?p=13543

    Rich Gifford describes his wife as a very soft-spoken, stay-at-home mom. “The gentlest person you’d ever want to meet and as far as being a mom, they didn’t come much better,” he said. “I’m praying for the best, I just want to take Claudine back to Florida.”

    Claudine went back to Orlando for Father’s Day and stayed for about two weeks. Her husband and friends say she was being haunted by someone she had been seeing. Rich Gifford said she was making plans to return to Orlando permanently.

    Meanwhile, her van and belongings remain at Rockson’s house in Burgess. He is still shaken by his friend’s disappearance.


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    https://www.facebook.com/lancaster.s...576427?fref=nf (they finally named her companion publicly)

    Special Media Release for July 14, 2014
    Despite extensive search efforts, supported by local businesses and volunteers, and state resources, Claudine J. Gifford, 43 of the Burgess area, has yet to be found. She was seen last in the early evening of July 6 in the area of the Windmill Point Marina in the company of Todd Kessler.
    On Saturday 53 volunteers plus support staff of Virginia’s state search and rescue groups converged at Windmill Point to conduct a thorough, detailed search for Ms. Gifford or any evidence related to her and her disappearance on July 6. Participating in the scope of the search were members of the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (Vienna, VA), Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs (Virginia Beach), Piedmont Search and Rescue (Richmond), Tidewater Search and Rescue (Virginia Beach), Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association (Northern Virginia), Dogs East (Spotsylvania), and K-9 Alert (Richmond). This combined search group arrived with their own command post and staff complete with radios, maps, and GPS mapping equipment. The search teams covered all land and marsh areas from Oyster House Drive south to end of Windmill Point. A separate search area, between the Corbin Lewis Estate and Close Quarters subdivision, was included because Ms. Gifford’s cellphone was “pinged” off the cell tower in that area. A detailed GPS report will be provided to the sheriff’s office later this week, showing where each search team member went throughout the 12 hours it took to cover both areas. Inv. D.S. Hogge arranged for the state search and rescue units to conduct the extensive search operation.
    Supporting these volunteers and other state and local agencies were the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department (ice, tables and chairs for meals); Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department (cook staff), Anna’s Pizza (food and drink), Kilmarnock Volunteer Rescue Squad (medical stand-by for search personnel), Lloyd B. Hubbard (food tent), Windmill Point Marina (electrical services, 2 boats slips, golf cart, command post location), Sports Center (commercial grill for meal preparation), Virginia State Police (helicopter unit), Virginia Marine Resources Commission (boat and crew), and the Virginia Department of Emergency Services (coordinated with request for state search and rescue volunteers).
    Sheriff Crockett complemented the search and rescue volunteers, saying “It’s amazing to see so many volunteers who spend their time and their money to help someone else. All of these people have my thanks for coming out to help. It was hot, tiring work, and not the first complaint from any one of them.” Anyone wishing to make a donation to the search and rescue teams may do so by contacting the sheriff’s office. “I could not have asked for more help from the local businesses, fire departments, and individuals who have done their best to help my office with this case. We are all truly very grateful to the community that never fails to come forward when help is needed.”
    Lt. E.T. Self, chief investigator in charge of the case said “EMS Chief Terry McGregor was awesome. He was on site the entire time doing whatever needed to be done to help the search operation run smoothly. The VMRC boat operator not only helped with the shoreline search on Thursday and again on Saturday, he helped with the ground search on Thursday as well. Doc Lyons, a retired state police investigator and now with the Northumberland Sheriff’s Office, was most helpful with his expertise as a consultant on cases of this nature. Glenn Rowe, who handles the county’s E911 mapping system, provided us with the oversized detailed maps of the search areas that were vital to the coordination of the search teams.”
    Although any active search operation has been curtailed, the investigation as to what happened to Ms. Gifford is still active. “This is not the proper time to discuss all aspects of the investigation. We want to find Ms. Gifford and find out what happened to her” said Lt. Self.
    Anyone with information about Ms. Gifford’s disappearance, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office or call Crime Solvers at 804-46CRIME.
    Last edited by helpfulcharlie; 07-14-2014 at 12:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helpfulcharlie View Post
    https://www.facebook.com/lancaster.s...576427?fref=nf (they finally named her companion publicly)

    Special Media Release for July 14, 2014
    Despite extensive search efforts, supported by local businesses and volunteers, and state resources, Claudine J. Gifford, 43 of the Burgess area, has yet to be found. She was seen last in the early evening of July 6 in the area of the Windmill Point Marina in the company of Todd Kessler.
    On Saturday 53 volunteers plus support staff of Virginia’s state search and rescue groups converged at Windmill Point to conduct a thorough, detailed search for Ms. Gifford or any evidence related to her and her disappearance on July 6. Participating in the scope of the search were members of the Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group (Vienna, VA), Greater Atlantic Rescue Dogs (Virginia Beach), Piedmont Search and Rescue (Richmond), Tidewater Search and Rescue (Virginia Beach), Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association (Northern Virginia), Dogs East (Spotsylvania), and K-9 Alert (Richmond). This combined search group arrived with their own command post and staff complete with radios, maps, and GPS mapping equipment. The search teams covered all land and marsh areas from Oyster House Drive south to end of Windmill Point. A separate search area, between the Corbin Lewis Estate and Close Quarters subdivision, was included because Ms. Gifford’s cellphone was “pinged” off the cell tower in that area. A detailed GPS report will be provided to the sheriff’s office later this week, showing where each search team member went throughout the 12 hours it took to cover both areas. Inv. D.S. Hogge arranged for the state search and rescue units to conduct the extensive search operation.
    Supporting these volunteers and other state and local agencies were the White Stone Volunteer Fire Department (ice, tables and chairs for meals); Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department (cook staff), Anna’s Pizza (food and drink), Kilmarnock Volunteer Rescue Squad (medical stand-by for search personnel), Lloyd B. Hubbard (food tent), Windmill Point Marina (electrical services, 2 boats slips, golf cart, command post location), Sports Center (commercial grill for meal preparation), Virginia State Police (helicopter unit), Virginia Marine Resources Commission (boat and crew), and the Virginia Department of Emergency Services (coordinated with request for state search and rescue volunteers).
    Sheriff Crockett complemented the search and rescue volunteers, saying “It’s amazing to see so many volunteers who spend their time and their money to help someone else. All of these people have my thanks for coming out to help. It was hot, tiring work, and not the first complaint from any one of them.” Anyone wishing to make a donation to the search and rescue teams may do so by contacting the sheriff’s office. “I could not have asked for more help from the local businesses, fire departments, and individuals who have done their best to help my office with this case. We are all truly very grateful to the community that never fails to come forward when help is needed.”
    Lt. E.T. Self, chief investigator in charge of the case said “EMS Chief Terry McGregor was awesome. He was on site the entire time doing whatever needed to be done to help the search operation run smoothly. The VMRC boat operator not only helped with the shoreline search on Thursday and again on Saturday, he helped with the ground search on Thursday as well. Doc Lyons, a retired state police investigator and now with the Northumberland Sheriff’s Office, was most helpful with his expertise as a consultant on cases of this nature. Glenn Rowe, who handles the county’s E911 mapping system, provided us with the oversized detailed maps of the search areas that were vital to the coordination of the search teams.”
    Although any active search operation has been curtailed, the investigation as to what happened to Ms. Gifford is still active. “This is not the proper time to discuss all aspects of the investigation. We want to find Ms. Gifford and find out what happened to her” said Lt. Self.
    Anyone with information about Ms. Gifford’s disappearance, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is asked to contact the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office or call Crime Solvers at 804-46CRIME.
    They're naming who she was with but has he said anything like where he saw her last? Did he drop her off at her place? Did they leave in separate vehicles? I want to know more about this man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OkieGranny View Post
    What on earth does it mean, she was being "haunted" by someone she was seeing? Like a stalker? Or a ghost?
    Just my opinion, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cluciano63 View Post
    What on earth does it mean, she was being "haunted" by someone she was seeing? Like a stalker? Or a ghost?
    That whole article is...bizarre.

    Basically nothing about the circumstances/details of her disappearance.

    An oddly lengthy description of the friend's accent (how is that relevant, let alone to such detail?)
    “She’s just a sweetheart, she never wants help, she wants to do everything by herself,” he said, his native New York accent still strong after some 20 years in the Northern Neck
    Then a mention of her husband's accent

    Like Rockson, Rich Gifford has a thick New York accent.
    Yet NO mention of her accent...which, if anyone's was relevant, that'd be it.

    Starts out talking about how there are a bunch of reasons she left Florida and her marriage. Yet her husband says

    Gifford says his wife never told him why she came to the Northern Neck.

    Rich Gifford describes his wife as a very soft-spoken, stay-at-home mom.
    There are so many reasons she needed to "escape" her marriage (which, even "escape" seems a more odd choice of phrasing - and certainly more 'pressing' to me).

    And he waxes eloquent about her, to the extent of her being so great he wants to take her back to Florida (though if she had a host of reasons to "escape" seems odd she'd go along with that...?)
    “The gentlest person you’d ever want to meet and as far as being a mom, they didn’t come much better,” he said. “I’m praying for the best, I just want to take Claudine back to Florida.”
    Of course then that bizarre haunted comment...

    And since he said it was about someone she was seeing, that would seem to explain some of the marital stuff (yet then why does her husband want or think she'd come back) and probably also one of her reasons to "escape" yet...what the heck does it mean? (Like you said)

    Very, very odd all around. But the article equally so!

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