Possible sighting of Claudia abroad
6:47pm 10th July 2012
(Updated 7:58am 1st August 2012)
A former private investigator believes he may have seen missing York chef Claudia Lawrence in Amsterdam.
He contacted the findclaudia.co.uk website last week to say he had seen someone bearing "a striking resemblance" to her on July 2nd 2012.
The information has been passed to North Yorkshire Police.
Dutch police are also carrying out their own enquiries.
Claudia when missing in 2009, aged 35.
Minster FM's spoken to family friend of the Lawrence's Martin Dales:
Last week, a member of the public contacted findclaudia.co.uk to say that he had seen someone who bore a striking resemblance to Claudia Lawrence, the York chef missing since March 2009.
It is the first possible sighting that has come through for a long time and was in Amsterdam.
The detailed information has been passed to North Yorkshire Police for follow-up with their Dutch counterparts and the informant has expressed his desire to help the Police with their enquiries.
Martin Dales, Peter Lawrence’s friend & spokesman, said:
“We are very grateful to all members of the public who remain vigilant in supporting both the Police and the family’s attempts to find out what has happened to Claudia. We don’t know if this is a sighting of Claudia or not but we trust that it will be fully checked out.”
Following the latest reports in the media relating to the Claudia Lawrence investigation, North Yorkshire Police have issued the following statement:
"Although this latest sighting of Claudia is yet to be verified, it shows that Claudia is still in the forefront of people's minds.
"However, we wish to stress that anyone with any information about Claudia should always notify the police. You can do this by calling 101. Or, if you prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
PICTURED: Claudia Lawrence
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