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Missing: Valerie Sifsof reward fund hits $27,000

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Valerie Sifsof's missing persons reward fund is now at $27,100. The fund was established by friends and family in the hopes of encouraging persons with information to come forward willingly.

Sifsof disappeared from the Granite Creek campground at mile 64 of the Seward Highway on July 7. A missing persons report was issued on July 11.

Sisof is 5 feet 5 inches tall, and weighs 120 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes. The 43-year-old was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt-type jacket, blue sweatpants and black boots.

Valerie Sifsof is the aunt of Olympic snowboarder Callan Chythlook-Sifsof of Girdwood, Alaska. The Sifsof family has hosted extensive searches of the area in which Valerie disappeared but so far to no avail. In her blog, Chythlook-Sifsof writes:

Valerie’s dad is firm that he will search the area until he’s 100 percent satisfied that every rock has been looked at, and without any doubt that if she is here, she’d be found. (However) finding no trace of her increases the likelihood that this is more than getting lost in the woods in the dark… the prospect of abduction from the campground has hovered in the background from the first day. Law enforcement takes this seriously and Valerie’s family has faith and confidence in their professional expertise and investigative strategies.

Anyone with information regarding Sifsof is being asked to call the Alaska State Troopers in Girdwood at (907) 783-0972, and reference incident number AK12219013; or call the Alaska Bureau of Investigation Missing Persons Clearinghouse in Alaska, 1-800-478-9333 or (907) 269-5497. The family has established a website that can be checked for updates: www.valeriesifsof.com