Tuesday 24 April 2018

Body search case reopens after four years

Missing chef Claudia Lawrence
Missing chef Claudia Lawrence

Dave Higgens

A new forensic search of the home of missing university chef Claudia Lawrence is beginning as detectives launch a fresh review of the case.

The 35-year-old was reported missing four-and-a-half years ago after she failed to turn up for work at York University.

Despite a high-profile investigation by North Yorkshire Police, no trace of Ms Lawrence (pictured) has ever been found. Officers have said they believe she has been murdered.

The new search of the house follows the formation of a new Major Crime Unit. But senior detectives stressed the move had not been prompted by any new lead.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, who heads the Major Crime Unit, said: "There's no new smoking gun or startling piece of evidence. I wouldn't want people to believe that's the case."

Mr Malyn said the search was the beginning of a review as part of the new team's remit.

"I am also mindful that, at some point in the future, the house may become re-occupied and these opportunities would otherwise be lost," he said.

Ms Lawrence was last seen by work colleagues on Wednesday, March 18, 2009.

Detectives have said in the past that they believed the key to the inquiry was Claudia's relationships with a number of men – relationships a previous head of the inquiry described as having an "element of complexity and mystery to them".

Irish Independent

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