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

A passer-by who was cycling to work recalls seeing a man standing outside Claudia's house between 6.45am and 6.55am on Thursday 19 March 2009.

The man is described as white, aged 55 to 65, about 6ft tall with a full head of medium-length grey hair which appeared scruffy and windswept. The witness did not see the male’s face.

He was wearing a matt sandy-coloured ‘Mac’ style jacket which came just below the knee. It was unfastened and appeared to be made of thick material or the wearer had extra clothing underneath.

There is no description available of any other clothing worn by the man.

Det Supt Malyn said: “The witness passed the information to the police in 2009 but this is the first time that it has been used in a public appeal.

“This is clearly a critical period for the investigation. We need to identify this man as soon as possible and find out what he was doing outside Claudia’s house. This time would have been after she had left for work if she had walked. Therefore why this person would be so close to her door remains a very important fact we need to establish.”

Update 17 April: The man remains unidentified despite names being put forward. Work is continuing to identify him.