10th anniversary of Claudia Lawrence disappearance

18 March 2019, 09:35 | Updated: 18 March 2019, 09:41

Claudia Lawrence

10 years to the day since 35-year-old Claudia Lawrence vanished on her way to work in York, North Yorkshire Police have released a statement.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, Head of the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Major Investigation Team, said:

"Ten years ago today, on Wednesday 18th of March 2009, Claudia Lawrence was last seen alive in York.

"A decade on, North Yorkshire Police will never give up on Claudia and her family.

"Information is still regularly received and we will investigate any new leads.

"Most of the information we receive is from well-intentioned members of the public, but a lot of it is speculative and people with theories.

"The call we really want is the one that helps piece together the parts of the jigsaw we already know regarding her last movements and people she associated with and places frequented.

"It remains the case that we strongly suspect key and vital information is being withheld that could provide the breakthrough that we all want to see, not least Claudia's heartbroken family.

"Unless we get information or intelligence to suggest that Claudia came to harm as a result of an opportunity taken by someone unconnected to her, me and the team still strongly believe the answer lies locally.

"As with some recent cold case successes, the breakthrough has come from the public and we still have confidence that this will be the case.

"This investigation has been made more difficult by the lack of CCTV in the vicinity of Claudia's home, and data and information that we normally get from social media or phone and other passive data.

"Claudia didn't have a social media profile nor did she use a smart phone. We know also that her mobile phone didn't leave the area before it left the phone network.

"This again is a reason I don't believe she fell victim to an attack by a stranger.

"Also we have no actual scene where something untoward may have happened to her despite fresh forensic assessments of her house, car and other locations.

"The appeal points remain as they were when we scaled down the inquiry and as detailed on the North Yorkshire Police website.

"I cannot fully accept anything as to the identity of a suggested person, i.e. the man near the alleyway behind Claudia home, or the identity of the blue vehicle seen braking near to her address, unless we have conclusive evidence to back the information up.

"As you will have seen, the footage and images are not of the best quality but it is the best we have to work with.

"We have also brought a number of experts onto this case throughout the duration of the review and will continue to do so if we believe they can add value.

"As ever, our thoughts and continued support are with Claudia's loved ones on this very poignant occasion.

"We all hope that those responsible for her disappearance and suspected murder are brought to justice."