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Search party discovers sweatshirt of missing person Valerie Sifsof

Alaska Dispatch

A search party discovered a sweatshirt belonging to missing person Valerie Sifsof on Sunday, located near the area of her disappearance at the Granite Creek campground. Sifsof, 43, was reported missing July 11 by her boyfriend. She reportedly walked away from their campsite at Granite Creek campground at mile 64 of the Seward Highway on July 7, leaving her keys, ID and cell phone behind. When she failed to contact family, her boyfriend reported her missing.

On Sunday, a sweatshirt belonging to Sifsof was found half mile downriver from the Granite Creek campground, on the water’s edge of Six Mile Creek, by a search party, troopers report. Alaska State Troopers also report that at the end of August, a kayaker found a shirt that belonged to Sifsof located near the area of her disappearance. Troopers note heavy rain and high water conditions permeating the area since the shirt’s discovery; on Oct. 1, troopers flew over the site and noted four log jams in the vicinity where the shirt was found. Troopers "will search the area using cadaver dogs as soon as conditions allow,” the report says.

The reward fund for Sifsof hit $27,100 as of Aug. 6. Family and friends continue the ongoing search for Valerie Sifsof, which is now entering its third month.

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

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