A new forensic search of the home of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence starts today as detectives launch a fresh review of the case.
North Yorkshire Police have issued a statement following a meeting between Chief Constable Dave Jones and the father of Claudia Lawrence.
The family of missing Claudia Lawrence have criticised the police investigation. They say focusing on her private life may have cost clues.
North Yorkshire Police said today it will review its investigation into the disappearance of the York chef Claudia Lawrence. Detectives believe she has been murdered - but her body has never been found.
The news that the case is to be reviewed by the force's new major crime unit - four years after she went missing - has been welcomed by her father. Chris Kiddey reports.
The father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence will be speaking out later today.
Peter Lawrence will report back on a meeting he's had with North Yorkshire's new Chief Constable Dave Jones on force's continuing search for her.
Thirty five year old Claudia hasn't been seen since she disappeared from her home in York more than four years ago
The father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence will today reveal details of his first meeting with the new Chief Constable of North Yorkshire , Dave Jones.
It will mark 40,000 hours since Claudia last made contact with anybody in March 2009.
The father of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence has welcomed the news that The Presumption of Death Act for England & Wales has now received Royal Assent. It means that for the first time there is now a Presumption of Death Act available to those who need it in all parts of the United Kingdom.
Peter Lawrence who, with the charity Missing People, has spearheaded the campaign for better rights for the families of those missing, said:
"I am delighted that the Presumption of Death Bill has received given the Royal Assent. It will, when brought into force, help enormously those families who have previously struggled to officially establish the death of a loved one who has been missing.
For those many families, such as mine, who still have hope, I will continue to campaign for the right to deal with and preserve assets."
The Missing Rights campaign continues to seek the introduction of Guardianship laws which will help thousands of families when someone goes missing for a short period of time: it would enable relatives to keep the affairs of the missing person in order in their absence.
When approached by Calendar, a spokesman said: "North Yorkshire Police invited the National Policing Improvement Agency to conduct a second voluntary review of the investigation in 2010.
"Their report concluded that the investigation had been conducted with integrity and objectivity and that, where individuals had been subject to investigation, no investigative opportunities had been overlooked.
"The reviewers noted that good practice was evident in the investigation and that those strategies reviewed conformed to nationally approved standards."
See the interview on Calendar tonight at 6pm.
As the inquiry into Claudia's disappearance enters its fifth year, they have called for a new inquiry with a wider remit. But, they say even that may be too late and whoever is responsible for Claudia's disappearance may have got away with it.
"I just feel anger that four years on there's someone sat there somewhere, probably seeing the publicity, seeing the pain the family's going through and ..they've got away with it. With abducting her or whatever it is. And I just think how can they live with themselves?"
– Joan Lawrence
"The time, statistically, they said its very unlikely that a stranger was involved in this, and that was dismissed. I just feel that any sightings, or any pieces of information that are linked to someone who didn't know her should not be dismissed. They should be taken on board."
The mother and sister of missing Claudia Lawrence have strongly criticised the police investigation, saying a decision to focus on her private life may have cost vital clues.
Monday marks the four year anniversary since Claudia, a chef at York University, disappeared without trace.
In a frank interview Joan and Ali told Christine of their fears that the police closed their minds to other options, dismissing evidence that didn't fit with their theory.
Claudia's mother also accuses North Yorkshire Police of being rude and insensitive in their dealings with her and other potential witnesses.