A new forensic search of the home of missing York chef Claudia Lawrence starts today as detectives launch a fresh review of the case.
The family of missing Claudia Lawrence have criticised the police investigation. They say focusing on her private life may have cost clues.
The family and friends of Claudia Lawrence are preparing to mark the third anniversary of her disappearance
Police investigating the disappearance of York chef Claudia Lawrence are searching her former home afresh.
More than four years after she vanished officers have sealed off her former home to search for clues that could solve the case.
Detectives overseeing the new forensic searches of Claudia Lawrence's home four-and-a-half years after she vanished, say there is no "smoking gun" or breakthrough in the case. But for her family, the new review offers hope that the mystery of what happened to her may be solved.
Her parents, Peter and Joan Lawrence have been calling for a new investigation and met with North Yorkshire's new Chief Constable Dave Jones in recent weeks. Two earlier reviews of the case were carried out by the National Policing Improving Agency (NPIA) in 2009 and 2010.
Earlier this year, North Yorkshire Police said:"Their (the NPIA) report concluded that the investigation had been conducted with integrity and objectivity...and that, where individuals had been subject to investigation, no opportunities had been overlooked."
A new forensic search of the home of missing woman Claudia Lawrence is beginning as detectives launch a fresh review of the case.
Claudia worked as a chef at York University and was last seen in March 2009.
The family of a missing woman from York are holding a conference to mark 40,000 hours since she they last saw her.
Claudia Lawrence hasn't been seen since March 2009 - when she disappeared on her way to work
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.