Fresh appeal for answers on 12th anniversary of Claudia Lawrence disappearance

Claudia Lawrence was reported missing on March 18 2009

A fresh call for information has been issued to mark the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of York chef Claudia Lawrence.

A detective investigating the disappearance of Claudia has said it is not too late for people to come forward and stop the "unrelenting anguish" caused to the chef's loved ones.

Miss Lawrence was reported missing on March 18 2009 after she failed to turn up for a 6am shift at work at the University of York.

  • Claudia Lawrence's friend, Jen King, spoke to ITV News

Claudia's mother, Joan Lawrence, has been speaking to ITV News presenter Christine Talbot, ahead of the anniversary and says she wants to offer support to others in her position.

Joan says despite having no answers to the mystery of what happened to her own daughter, she will never give up hope of finding her. 

Miss Lawrence's father Peter spent years campaigning for the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill, also known as Claudia's Law, which allows relatives to take control of their missing loved ones' financial matters.

The law was passed in April 2017 and came into force in 2019, however Mr Lawrence died last month without ever knowing what happened to his daughter.

Peter Lawrence died having never learnt of his daughter's whereabouts

Detective Superintendent Wayne Fox, the new senior investigating officer on the case, said he believes several people know, or have suspicions about, what happened to the 35-year-old when she went missing in York back in 2009.

  • The search for Claudia continues and anyone who may have information regarding her disappearance is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.