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.