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.
“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. Contributions can be made to the Sifsof reward fund by calling Victims for Justice at 907-278-0977, mailing them to the group at 1057 Fireweed Lane, Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99503, or making a deposit to the Victims for Justice/Valerie Sifsof Fund at any branch of First National Bank Alaska.