Missing: Valerie Jeanette Sifsof

Updated on July 7, 2020
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I am passionate about missing persons cases due to a personal family experience of having someone go missing in my family.

Details

Valerie Jeanette Sifsof is 5’5 weighing between 120 to 150 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes. She’s Native American and belongs to the Yu’Pik Inupiaq tribe in Alaska. She was last seen in the Granite Creek Campground in Moose Pass Alaska, south of Anchorage. Last seen on July 7th in 2012.

Background

Valerie was born on November 23, 1968 to Jeweline Pelagio and Victor Sifsof in Anchorage Alaska. Her mother sadly passed away from cancer several years prior to her disappearance.

She has five siblings and many cousins and all described her as a very caring and affectionate person who was full of life. She loved to read and play with her younger cousins. She also liked going shopping with her aunt, and was a very creative person. She had enrolled in two art classes and had a strong talent just like her ancestors. She also enjoyed being in nature and would often go netting in the summer on their family drift gillnet boat called the “Val-Trina”.

She had been planning her sisters baby shower on the weekend she disappeared. This is something she never would have missed as she was extremely excited about the shower. This weekend she and her boyfriend, Eliot Freeburg, went camping at the Granite Creep Campground in Moose Pass Alaska, just south of Anchorage.

The Incident

On July 7th, around midnight, Valerie and her boyfriend got into an argument and she reportedly stormed out of the camp leaving behind all her belongings such as her cell phone and ID. She never returned to the camp. Her boyfriend claimed he looked for her until the next day when he left the camp grounds around noon. He didn’t report her missing until 3 days later on July 11th.

Authorities labeled this as a possible abduction or that she may have gotten lost in the woods. She was last seen wearing a black DKNY hoodie, green tank top, blue sweatpants, black calf-high boots and silver rimmed Prada sunglasses.

These are the clothes she was last seen wearing before she disappeared.
These are the clothes she was last seen wearing before she disappeared.

The Investigation

When she was reported missing police came to investigate the area. Unfortunately heavy rain and wind hindered the search but police and volunteers pressed on.

In late August, a search party found a green tank top in the creek running behind the campgrounds. They confirmed this shirt belonged to Valerie. They continued to search for her and in late October her family found a black hoodie stuck in a log jam about 6 miles away from the location of the green tank top. This was also found to belong to Valerie.

While her family knew she was most likely dead at this point, they continue to look for her, hoping to find anything that can give closure.

Valerie Sifsof was legally declared dead in 2016.

Now

Valerie’s father, Victor, and her step mother, Jane are still actively looking for her in hopes of finding anything. They still search the area when possible and keep their hopes up. She was loved by many people and had a lot of close friends and family.

Possible Theories

No official theories have been stated but it’s thought she could have been taken when she was walking alone in the dark woods and possibly killed.

The other theory is that she simply got lost in the woods in the dark. Without her cell phone to call for help or for any kind of light, she might have gotten lost and kept walking deeper into the wooded area.

Other theories that can not be confirmed is that her boyfriend may have had involvement in her disappearance but the police have not named him a suspect as far as my research has found.

Contact Information

If you have any information on where Valerie Jeanette Sifsof is located or what happened that night please call the Alaska State Troopers at 907-783-0972.

If you would like to read more information on this case, please click the links here and here.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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