Missing Women from Burgess

copsSheriff Ronald D. Crockett reports an expansion of actions to locate Claudine Jaquier Gifford, the 43 year old Burgess area woman who was last seen on Sunday, July 6. According to the sheriff’s office, ground and air search teams yesterday began working in the area from Windmill Point proper north towards White Stone. 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 enter 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. She is described as having wavy sandy blond to light brown hair, brown eyes, is 5’ 4” tall, and weighs about 112 lbs. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored tank top, blue jeans, and sandals.
Anyone with any information about her current location is asked to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 804-462-5111 or Lancaster County Crime Solvers at 804-46C-RIME.
In an unrelated case, dive teams today are working in the Greenvale Creek area in an effort to recover stolen property. “We happen to have two unrelated incidents in and around the local waters at the same time. The Greenvale Creek operation has nothing to do with the missing person case” said Shirilla.