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Police launch new search at home of chef Claudia Lawrence missing since 2009

A new forensic search of the home of missing university chef Claudia Lawrence is beginning, as detectives launch a fresh review of the case.

The 35-year-old was reported missing in March 2009 after she failed to turn up for work at York University.

Despite a high profile investigation by North Yorkshire Police involving up to 100 officers, no trace of Miss Lawrence has ever been found.

Officers have said they believe she has been murdered but no body has ever been discovered.

The new search of the house where she lived alone in Heworth Road, York, follows the formation of a new major crime unit at the North Yorkshire force. But senior detectives stressed the move has not been prompted by any new lead.

Detective Superintendant Dai Malyn, who heads the unit, said: "There's no new smoking gun or startling piece of evidence.

"This is just part of the review process."

Mr Malyn said the search, which could last a fortnight, was the beginning of a review as part of the new team's remit to look at important cold cases.

"Most cold case review work considers forensic re-evaluation as techniques advance and this case is no different," he said.

"I am also mindful that, at some point in the future, the house may become re-occupied and these opportunities would otherwise be lost."

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