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Background to the disappearance of Claudia

Claudia was reported missing by her father Peter Lawrence on Friday 20 March 2009, after friends became concerned that they had not heard from her since Wednesday 18 March.

She was aged 35 at the time and worked as a chef at the University of York’s Goodricke College.

Claudia was due to walk the three miles to work on Thursday 19 March for a shift beginning at 6am. But she never turned up for work on that day.

Her mobile phone – a silver Samsung D900 –  and blue and grey Karrimor rucksack in which she carried her chef’s whites, have never been found.

Claudia was last sighted at around 3.05pm on Wednesday 18 March at the junction of Heworth Road and East Parade walking back towards her home on Heworth Road. She was also captured on CCTV as she left Goodricke College and as she walked home.

Claudia spoke to her mum Joan Lawrence and dad on that Wednesday evening over the telephone. They both said she was in good spirits.

Following concerns raised by her friends, Claudia’s dad reported her missing on Friday 20 March 2009.

Despite the intensive police search effort in and around the Heworth and York University area, and detailed enquiries further a field, Claudia’s disappearance remained unexplained and treated as suspected murder.

Claudia is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, slim build, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and trainers.