Small town holds vigil for missing woman last seen leaving tiki bar

Posted at 7:07 PM, Aug 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-03 23:56:58-04

LANCASTER COUNTY, Va. – A candlelight vigil is being held in the Northern Neck Sunday evening for missing 43-year-old Claudine Gifford who was last seen leaving a tiki bar in White Stone nearly a month ago.

The vigil, which is open to the public,  will take place in the Kilmarnock Inn's courtyard at 7:30 p.m.

"I just wanted to remind everyone about the candlelight vigil tomorrow night. It will be held in the courtyard at the Kilmarnock Inn starting at 7:30. We hope to see all of you there. I wish my mom was here and could see how many people love her," Gifford's 15-year-old daughter posted Saturday on the Bring Claudine Home Facebook page.

Claudine Jaquier Gifford

Claudine Gifford

Sheriff’s deputies said Gifford was last seen the evening of July 6 with 53-year-old James Todd Kessler.

Kessler was arrested last month on one charge of felony aggravated malicious wounding after an altercation at the tiki bar at Pelican Point Restaurant at Windmill Point Marina on July 19. The charge is unrelated to the investigation for Gifford’s disappearance.

Additionally, the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is interested in speaking with four white males reported to have assisted Gifford from the Tiki Bar at Windmill Point into a silver Nissan SUV on July 6.  These four males are asked to contact Lt. E.T. Self or Inv. D.S. Hogge at the sheriff’s office.

Search and rescue professional spent days last month scouring an area around Windmill Point and in Cox’s Farm near Kilmarnock, but found no sign of her.

Gifford is described as a white female 5 feet 4 inches tall weighing about 112 pounds. She was last seen wearing a multicolored tank top, blue jeans and sandals.

If you have information that could help investigators, call the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office at 804-462-5111 or Crime Solvers at 804-46-CRIME(462-7463).