The family of missing York woman, Claudia Lawrence, has issued photographs of her as a little girl - more than six years since her mysterious disappearance.

They have decided to release the photos to keep her in the public eye as preparations are underway for a special service this Sunday.

Baby Claudia with elder sister Ali. Credit: Family photo
Claudia and Ali. Credit: Family photo
Lawrence family member describe themselves as 'close-knit'. Credit: Family photo

Claudia, who worked as a chef at the University of York, has not been seen since March 18th 2009, when she was 35 years old.

Her disappearance is being treated as a murder investigation.

Four men have been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

Claudia has not been seen since March 18, 2009. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A special church service for Claudia will be held this Sunday.

It will take place in Darlington, where Claudia's mother Joan grew up.

All Saints and Salutation, Blackwell, Darlington. Credit: ITV News

The Rev David Railton told ITV News what would happen during the service:

The 'Service for Claudia' starts at 4pm on Sunday.

The public is invited to attend.