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York Home of Missing Claudia Lawrence Searched by Forensic Police


6:01am 29th October 2013

A forensic assessment and further examination work is set to begin at the home of missing York woman, Claudia Lawrence.

The work will begin at Claudia’s house on Heworth Road, York, on the morning of Tuesday 29 October 2013.

Claudia, a 35-year-old chef from York, was reported missing by her father, Peter Lawrence, on Friday 20 March 2009.

She was last seen by her colleagues at the University of York on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 March 2009, when she finished her shift for the day.  

She spoke to her parents – dad Peter Lawrence and mum Joan Lawrence - by phone on the Wednesday night.

She has never been seen or heard from since.

North Yorkshire Police made a series of high-profile appeals for information to assist the investigation.

In April 2009, detectives announced that they were treating Claudia’s disappearance as suspected murder.

At one stage over 100 police officers were involved in the investigation and the search for Claudia extended to the Republic of Ireland and Cyprus.

This case together with others over time will be reviewed by the newly formed Major Crime Unit of North Yorkshire Police. 

The recently established Major Crime Unit at North Yorkshire Police will, as part of its ongoing cold case review remit, commission work using forensic experts to identify if there are any new opportunities using advances in forensic techniques and applications.

Head of the Major Crime Unit, Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, said:

“Most cold case review work considers forensic re-evaluation as techniques advance and this case is no different. I am also mindful that at some point in the future, the house may become re-occupied and these opportunities would otherwise be lost.

“Forensic science is continually evolving and I hope that scientific advances since Claudia was reported missing in March 2009, will assist with our review of the case.

“The work will begin with an initial assessment of the property, followed by approximately two weeks of further forensic work at the house.”

Det Supt Malyn added: “As ever, we will afford anyone who contacts us our full attention if they think they have information which could assist; no matter how small or irrelevant they think that information might be.

It is never too late for people to come forward with information now, that for what ever reason they felt unable to share with us in the past.

“We have officers skilled in dealing with sensitive matters or there is always the option of using Crimestoppers if you want to remain anonymous.”

Peter Lawrence, Claudia’s father, says,

“I am grateful for the initiative by the new team investigating Claudia’s case to re-visit her house and conduct further investigations there, including DNA testing. Advances in forensic science and testing in the past 4 years make this a very worthwhile exercise, and anything which helps the search to find Claudia, or at least find out what happened to her on that morning in March 2009, is welcomed.”

Information can be passed on in confidence by calling North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2, and ask for the Major Crime Unit. Or email majorcrimeunit@northyorkshire.pnn.police.uk

Or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you want to remain anonymous.

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