New lead on miss­ing chef Claudia

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PO­LICE are chas­ing a new lead in the case of miss­ing chef Claudia Lawrence – 1,000 days af­ter she van­ished.

De­tec­tives have re­vealed a po­ten­tially cru­cial new wit­ness has come for­ward, with a “sig­nif­i­cant” new line of in­quiry.

Claudia, a chef at York Univer­sity, was 35 when she dis­ap­peared on March 18, 2009.

De­spite a huge po­lice op­er­a­tion, no trace of her has been found and de­tec­tives are treat­ing the case as sus­pected mur­der.

De­tec­tive Ray Gal­loway, who’s lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “I will still be here af­ter 2,000 days if I need to be.”

The dis­ap­pear­ance of Claudia, who moved to York af­ter grow­ing up in Mal­ton, North Yorks, left her friends and fam­ily dev­as­tated.

Her fa­ther, Peter, said if Claudia walked through the door to­mor­row: “I’d just hug her. That is all I want to do.”

He added: “It is very dif­fi­cult to say whether Claudia is still alive, but I very much hope she is.”

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