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Missing chef's father tells of pain

The father of missing chef Claudia Lawrence has told of his daily pain - three years after his daughter's disappearance.

Peter Lawrence, 65, made a plea to anyone who may still harbour a sense of "misguided loyalty" to come forward and help with the police investigation.

Speaking from his home in York, where Miss Lawrence was last seen, Mr Lawrence revealed his daily struggle, which he said gets harder to bear over time.

Miss Lawrence vanished on March 18 2009 when she failed to arrive for her 6am shift at the University of York. Police are treating the case as suspected murder and have been involved in one of the biggest investigations ever carried out by North Yorkshire Police.

Mr Lawrence said: "I'm very disappointed that we are still here three years on, I never believed we would be. There is still somebody out there who has got the information that the police and the family need to resolve this.

"When she went missing I thought it will be a few weeks before she is back with us but that wasn't to be. It obviously gets more difficult as time goes on but people have been away longer than Claudia and have come back and up to now there is no evidence that she is dead so we keep hoping."

When asked whether the pain of her disappearance gets easier over time, he replied: "No it doesn't, it is just the same. Every day there is a big hole in my life because we were very close - she was close to all the family."

Mr Lawrence renewed his appeal for information.

He said: "Someone has a piece of information which they haven't yet seen fit to give and which may well help them solve the riddle of Claudia's disappearance. People's circumstances do change and perhaps someone who perhaps had a misguided sense of loyalty may now feel that they are able to give some information."

Mr Lawrence will appear at a 10km charity run in aid of missing people in London's Regent's Park on Saturday. The Miles for Missing People event will be attended by around 1,000 people.

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