Kessler named Person of Interest in Gifford case

Sheriff Ronald D. Crockett reports that James T. “Todd” Kessler, 53 of Coxs Farm Road, is now considered “a person of interest” in the disappearance of Claudine J. Gifford, 44 of Burgess. Gifford was last seen in the early evening of Sunday, July 6 at Windmill Point.

Specifics of the investigation that led to Kessler now being considered “a person of interest” in the case are not being released.

According to Lt. E.T. Self, lead investigator in the case, it was information obtained from Kessler that led to the July 15 interest to speak to four white males who were reported to have assisted Gifford into a silver Nissan SUV on July 6.