Peter Lawrence obituary


Peter Lawrence, who has died aged 74, was in his early 60s when his youngest daughter, 35-year-old Claudia Lawrence, a chef at the University of York, went missing. Her disappearance in 2009 is a troubling case that remains unsolved. The event thrust Peter into the national spotlight, and in order to keep Claudia’s name alive and in the public consciousness, he led an energetic campaign for the rest of his life.

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Ably supported by his friend and media spokesman Martin Dales, along with Claudia’s best friends, Suzy and Jen, Peter ensured that Claudia’s case was not forgotten, and although an investigation by North Yorkshire Police was wound down after a detailed re-evaluation of the case in 2017, it will be reactivated again immediately when any solid leads come forward.

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