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Nine years on the family of missing chef Claudia Lawrence still hope she will be found

The family of Claudia Lawrence are preparing to mark nine years since her disappearance. A spokesman for the Lawrence family told The Yorkie that the information about the case had “dried up.”

Ms Lawrence was 35 when she went missing on her way to her job as a chef at the University of York but despite a long running North Yorkshire Police investigation her body has never been found.

Martin Dales,  friend and spokesman for Claudia’s father Peter, said: “Over the years, there have been many books, documentaries made with lots of media appearances and appeals. It’s been an ongoing campaign to try and raise awareness of the fact that Claudia is still missing.

“There’s been a huge amount of resource gone in, millions of pounds has gone into trying to find out what has happened. But there isn’t actually a crime scene because nobody knows whether a crime has been committed for a start, there’s no evidence of visible criminal activity.”

On Monday March 19, an appeal of new information will be held outside her house where she went missing. This year the case was highlighted on Britain’s Got Talent by the Missing People Choir.

Joan Lawrence, the mother of Claudia, told The York Press today: “This is a particularly difficult time of year with Mother’s Day and the anniversary of Claudia’s disappearance.”

“There is never going to be closure when you lose someone you love.” She added: “It is very difficult to get through each day as though things are normal when they aren’t.”

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, quoting “Claudia Lawrence”.

If you would prefer to remain anonymous, please pass information to the independent charity Crimestopperson 0800 555 111, quoting “Claudia Lawrence, North Yorkshire Police“.

Peter Lawrence, Claudia’s dad, also has a dedicated website www.findclaudia.co.uk

The Claudia Lawrence appeal is also supported by the Missing People charity – www.missingpeople.org.uk

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