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Claudia Case to Be Re-Examined by New North Yorkshire Police Unit


4:42pm 22nd July 2013

The Claudia Lawrence case is going to be re-examined by a new Major Crime Unit in North Yorkshire.

The team, who start work in October, will see if developments in DNA technology can give new leads.

Detective Chief Superintendent Simon Mason, Head of Crime at North Yorkshire Police, said: “Over their history many police forces have a number of serious cases, that despite every effort to conclude them, have either stalled or remain undetected.

“It is nationally recognised best practice for forces to periodically examine such cases and re-examine them as investigative techniques and forensic science develops.

“North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan and Chief Constable Dave Jones have recently invested in a new Major Crime Unit. Part of that unit’s responsibility will be to assess such cases to ensure all reasonable lines of enquiry were pursued to conclusion or whether developments in for example, forensic science, can open up new opportunities for investigation.

“Consequently the unit’s work will include an assessment of the Claudia Lawrence case, in addition to others that span many years, such as the case of Marsha Wray who went missing from Harrogate in 1997 and has never been found, or the severely decomposed remains of a man found on moorland near Masham in 1997 who remains unidentified.

“Indeed we will never close any unresolved investigation and the development of our new Major Crime Unit will be pivotal in these reviews and hopefully the resolution of some such cases.

“Such circumstances, at this stage, should not be confused or perceived as being a full reinvestigation of any such case, merely a long-term determination on the part of my team and I to resolve these cases wherever possible, not least for the family and friends concerned.”

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