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Reward Fund in Valerie Sifsof Case Grows to $27,100

August 06, 2012|By Chris Klint | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A reward fund in the case of missing woman Valerie Sifsofhas grown to reach $27,100, as friends and family continue to seek her safe return nearly a month after her disappearance from a campground on the Seward Highway.

Sifsof, 43, was last seen at the Granite Creek Campground, at Mile 64 of the Seward, in the early hours of July 8. Family members say she became upset with her boyfriend and walked away from their campsite, leaving behind her keys, identification and cellphone.

Sifsof’s boyfriend was unable to locate her later that morning, prompting Alaska State Troopers and volunteers to conduct an active search in the area. While that search was called off July 15, Sifsof’s family has been coordinating with troopers and conducting independent searches since then.

In addition to a website being established for the search, the growing reward fund has been amassed in conjunction with the group Victims for Justice for information leading to Sifsof’s location.

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“Searchers have combed the road system from Homer to Fairbanks, over to Valdez and around the Hope area, including the river drainages,” the group wrote in a Monday statement. “They have asked commercial rafters to help with the search, and now that the rivers are dropping, the family plans to search along the river areas again, using rafts and possibly aircraft.”

AST spokesperson Megan Peters says there have been no official updates on Sifsof since the suspension of the official search, and that future actions on the case will likely be taken in response to new information or evidence.

Anyone with information on Sifsof’s disappearance is asked to call AST at 783-0972.

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