Police have drained a lake as a part of their investigation into the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence.
The pond at Sand Hutton Gravel Pits was drained and searches at the site could continue for a number of days, North Yorkshire Police mentioned.
Ms Lawrence, a 35-year-old chef, lived within the Heworth space of York and labored on the metropolis’s college.
She was final seen on 18 March 2009 and, though detectives imagine she was murdered, her physique has by no means been discovered.
9 folks have been questioned throughout two investigations into her disappearance however no prices have been introduced.
Detective Superintendent Wayne Fox mentioned: “I thank the general public for the optimistic responses and new info obtained in help of the present section of the investigation.
“Our focus is on discovering Claudia and bringing these answerable for her disappearance and suspected homicide to justice.”
Final week Mr Fox thanked the general public for the optimistic responses and knowledge obtained in help of the present section of the investigation.
He didn’t reveal what had prompted the search on the lake.
Ms Lawrence’s mom, Joan, mentioned the brand new searches had left her in “utter shock”.
She advised reporters she was “very, very churned up” in regards to the newest developments within the investigation.
Ms Lawrence’s father, Peter, died earlier this yr with out understanding what occurred to his daughter.
For years he had campaigned to get solutions about her disappearance, additionally arguing for what grew to become the Guardianship (Lacking Individuals) Invoice – also called Claudia’s Regulation – which permits kinfolk to take management of their lacking family members’ monetary issues.
Martin Dales, a pal of Mr Lawrence, mentioned this was the primary improvement within the case since his dying, describing it as “bittersweet”.