Claudia Lawrence investigation review timeline
This timeline shows events and key lines of enquiry from the days surrounding Claudia Lawrence's disappearance.
Chief Constable Dave Jones tasks Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn and his newly enhanced Major Crime Unit team to undertake a full review of the Claudia Lawrence investigation.
28 October 2013
High-profile media coverage as a fresh forensic assessment and further examination work over several weeks begins at Claudia’s home on Heworth Road, York. This work included a forensic review of material already submitted the original investigation and opportunities to use new forensic techniques and applications.
19 March 2014
Extensive coverage of the review of the Claudia Lawrence investigation on the fifth anniversary of the case. This included an in depth report on the key lines of enquiry by Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn on BBC1’s Crimewatch. The lines of enquiry, which were also placed on a dedicated microsite – www.northyorkshire.police.uk/claudialawrence – to support the investigation along with a £10,000 reward on offer from Crimestoppers.
13 May 2014
A 59-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of Claudia’s murder and later released on bail while enquiries continue.
23 July 2014
A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Following questioning he was released on bail to allow for further investigation.
17 November 2014
The 59-year-old man (now aged 61) was released from bail following his arrest on 13 May 2014 on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence.
25 February 2015
Det Supt Dai Malyn stresses the growing importance to the investigation of the alleyway behind Claudia’s home on Heworth Road, near Lime Court, as further police searches are undertaken.
18 March 2015
CCTV appeal on the sixth anniversary of the investigation which showed a man acting suspiciously on Lime Court near Claudia’s home at around 7.15pm on 18 March 2009. This was about an hour before Claudia spoke to her mum and dad on the telephone. She has not been seen or heard of since.
23 March 2015
A local man aged in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence.
22 April 2015
Three local men aged in their 50s were arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia. This was linked to the arrest on 23 March.
17 September 2015
The four men were released from bail to allow the necessary time for the investigation team to prepare a file of evidence for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider charges.
The file of evidence is submitted to the CPS for examination.
Second week of March 2016
After a thorough review of all the evidence, the CPS concluded there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction, and therefore no further action should be taken against the four men.
North Yorkshire Police announces the CPS decision not to charge the four men. The force pledges the Claudia Lawrence case will never close until she is found and those responsible for her disappearance are brought to justice.
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.
18 March, 14:31 – Claudia leaves work
18 March, 14:35 – 14:36 – Claudia walks through university campus
18 March, 14:47 – Claudia walks home and appears to post something
18 March, 19:27 – 21:12 Claudia uses her telephone
18 March, 21:01 – White Vauxhall Astra Van parked near Claudia’s home
19 March, 05:35 – Left handed smoker – seen with a woman on Melrosegate bridge
19 March, 05:42 – Old-style light coloured Ford Focus seen braking outside Claudia’s home
19 March, 06:00 – Claudia fails to turn up for work
19 March, 06:10 – Man and woman seen arguing outside University of York
19 March, 06:45 – 06:55 – Man seen outside Claudia’s house
19 March, 12:10 – Claudia’s mobile phone is switched off.
20 March, 14:07 – Claudia is reported missing by her father, Peter Lawrence