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121 people come forward to assist investigation

Update 17 April 2014: The detective leading the review into the Claudia Lawrence investigation has praised the public support for the fresh appeals for information.

Released to coincide with the fifth anniversary of the University of York Chef’s disappearance and suspected murder in March 2009, the new lines of enquiry and the wider investigation were outlined on this microsite.

Since its launch at 9.30pm on Thursday 19 March, which followed a national appeal on BBC One’s Crimewatch, the Claudia Lawrence microsite has had more than 12,700 visitors and 28,500 page views.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “The public support and response to the Claudia Lawrence microsite has been very encouraging and impressive despite the five year gap.

“Together with the Crimewatch appeal and excellent coverage in the media, we have been able to generate fresh information, with 121 people coming forward to assist the investigation.

“We are continuing to analyse the new information and investigation updates have been placed on the Claudia Lawrence microsite – www.northyorkshire.police.uk/claudialawrence – for the highlighted lines of enquiry.

“These include a direct appeal to local taxi drivers who may have dropped Claudia off in the Acomb area of York or picked her up early in the morning.

“As we confirmed last month, further analysis on Claudia’s phone activity showed that she was regularly visiting Acomb in the weeks leading up to her disappearance.

“The investigation team need more taxi drivers to make contact to help establish more details on this line of enquiry.

“Also, in our efforts to locate Claudia’s missing blue and grey Karrimor rucksack, we want to hear about a similar rucksack that was spotted near the University of York at about 1pm on Thursday 19 March 2009.

“The location was a grassy area off a footpath which runs between Heslington Road and Walmgate Stray, which is just past The Retreat if you were heading towards the university.

“If someone temporarily left the rucksack there and can confirm it is not connected to the investigation, please come forward as soon as possible.

“Any information about these and other aspects of the investigation should be forwarded to the police as soon as possible.

“This is also a timely reminder of the £10,000 Crimestoppers reward that is on offer for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Those with information can remain anonymous and still claim the reward.”

If you have any information that could assist the investigation, please contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and pass details to the Force Control Room. Please quote “Claudia Lawrence” when passing on details.

The independent charity Crimestoppers has also lent its support by offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Callers can remain anonymous.

Please pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, quoting “Claudia Lawrence, North Yorkshire Police“. Alternatively, go to www.crimestoppers-uk.org and fill in an Anonymous Online Form.

17 April 2014


Claudia’s blue and grey Karrimor rucksack

In the effort to locate Claudia’s missing blue and grey Karrimor rucksack, the investigation team want to hear about a similar rucksack that was spotted near the University of York at about 1pm on Thursday 19 March 2009.

The location was a grassy area off a footpath which runs between Heslington Road and Walmgate Stray, which is just past The Retreat if you were heading towards the university.

If someone temporarily left the rucksack there and can confirm it is not connected to the investigation, please come forward as soon as possible.


Forensic re-examination of Claudia’s home

Due to ongoing elimination work, a number of finger prints have been identified and eliminated from the investigation. The review team thank people for their co-operation with this work as they continue to obtain elimination samples.


Man with rucksack seen outside Claudia’s house during the week she disappeared

The man with the rucksack has yet to be identified. Detectives were disappointed with the response to this appeal and urge people to come forward with any information that could assist in tracing the man.

In particular, they are appealing to those close to Claudia to think who may have been planning a surprise visit or possibly had habit of doing so.


White Vauxhall Astra van parked near Claudia’s home on night of her disappearance

A good response from the public with some similar vehicles eliminated from the inquiry and some names of people passed onto the investigation team. At this stage, enquires remain ongoing to identify the white Astra van and its owner.


Old-style light coloured Ford Focus seen braking outside of Claudia’s house

Numerous calls were received in relation to this vehicle and follow-up investigation work is ongoing.


Man seen outside Claudia’s house on the morning of her disappearance

The man remains unidentified despite names being put forward. Work is continuing to identify him.


DNA profile of male identified on cigarette butt in Claudia’s car

The man whose DNA was found on a cigarette butt in Claudia’s car remains unidentified. Enquiries remain ongoing.


“Left-handed smoker” appeal – is there a link to male DNA found on cigarette butt in Claudia’s car?

No new information has been received so far regarding this appeal.


Efforts to trace man in Co-op at Tang Hall who said he knew Claudia

The man remains unidentified despite names being put forward. Work is continuing to identify him.


Claudia’s missing silver Samsung D900 mobile phone – new analysis shows it was active in the Acomb area in the weeks before she disappeared

Some good information came in following the appeal about Claudia visiting the Acomb area of York in the weeks before she disappeared. On the back of this response, the investigation team is specifically appealing to local taxi drivers to come forward who may have taken Claudia to Acomb or picked her up from the area early in the morning. The investigation team need more taxi drivers to make contact to help establish more details on this line of enquiry.


Man and woman arguing by a car outside the University of York – re-appeal for information

No new information has been received so far regarding this appeal.


Inside Claudia’s house – evidence to support she left for work but hair straighteners missing and hair dye found

In relation to Claudia’s hair straighteners, helpful information was passed to the investigation team which established that she may, on some occasions, have taken them to work. The GHD hair straighteners remain outstanding and the appeal to find them still stands