Investigation of the disapearance of Claudine Gifford continues

Last week Sheriff’s inves­ti­ga­tors exe­cuted a search war­rant at James Kessler home on Cox’s Farm Road in Weems. was named a “per­son of inter­est” in the dis­ap­pear­ance of Clau­dine Gif­ford.

The chief of the inves­ti­ga­tion unit, Lieutenant Tim Self, would not release the details of the search war­rant or if any evi­dence was found at the res­i­dence, say­ing the war­rant was sealed.Gifford was last seen with Kessler leav­ing Pel­i­cans at the Point tiki bar on July 6. Exten­sive search efforts failed to find any trace of the miss­ing woman.

Kessler orig­i­nally told inves­ti­ga­tors that the night Gif­ford dis­ap­peared, four white males helped her into a sil­ver Nis­san SUV because she was too intox­i­cated to walk. Kessler said they left the bar at 8:30 p.m.,but wit­nesses told Gifford’s hus­band, Richard, that Kessler and Gif­ford left the bar at 6:30pm and that he car­ried her to his car.Kessler is cur­rently being held in Lan­caster County jail and was denied bond. A pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing is sched­uled for 11 a.m. Sep­tem­ber 3 in Lan­caster Gen­eral Dis­trict Court.