A new search for missing chef Claudia Lawrence is underway

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A lake is being searched by police investigating the suspected murder of Claudia Lawrence, the 35-year-old chef whose disappearance has remained unsolved since 2009.

North Yorkshire Police is currently searching a popular fishing spot just outside of York, where Claudia was last seen, and the force has said this is expected to take a number of days.

The force said it could not disclose what had led officers to the location, but Det Supt Wayne Fox, the case's senior investigating officer said the searches were among "several active lines of inquiry" being pursued amid efforts to establish what happened to Claudia and "identify any person responsible for causing her harm."

Claudia's mum, Joan Lawrence, said she's in "utter shock" over the new search.

"It's so much to take in in a short time and nothing seems to happen for a long, long time then everything came together and I haven't had time to really digest it," she said in an interview with BBC Radio York.

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Claudia, who worked as a chef at the University of York, was last seen on the afternoon of 18 March 2009, walking towards her home. That evening, she spoke to her parents by phone but concern was raised when she didn't attend work the next day or meet friends at the local pub.

In April 2009, police confirmed they were treating her disappearance as a case of suspected murder and although nine people have been questioned, no charges have been brought. The investigation was scaled back in 2017, but the police said they would investigate any new leads or evidence.

Sadly, Claudia's dad, Peter Lawrence, died earlier this year without knowing what happened to his daughter.

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