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Missing Claudia Lawrenc suspect is bailed

By Dave Higgens

A 59-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering missing university chef Claudia Lawrence has been released on police bail.

North Yorkshire Police said the man, named locally as Michael Snelling, was released from custody last night following his arrest on suspicion of killing Miss Lawrence, who went missing in York in March 2009.

Two houses – in York and North Shields, Tyneside – are being examined by police and forensic officers. The searches are expected to continue for a number of days, police said.

Searches at the houses in Hollywell Road, North Shields, and Burnholme Grove, York, continued yesterday with police using sniffer dogs at both addresses.

Snelling was arrested at the Hollywell Road property on Tuesday morning, according to neighbours. It was understood to be his mother's home before she moved to a residential home.

Neighbours said Snelling worked for some time as a lab technician in the biology department at York University, but recently started work for a mental health charity.

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