York & North Yorkshire

Claudia Lawrence disappearance: Man released from bail

Claudia Lawrence Image copyright North Yorkshire Police
Image caption York chef Claudia Lawrence disappeared in March 2009

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering York chef Claudia Lawrence has been been released without charge, police have said.

A man named locally as Michael Snelling was arrested in May and a property in the Burnholme area of York searched.

Miss Lawrence has not been seen since her disappearance in March 2009.

North Yorkshire Police said a 46-year-old man arrested in July on suspicion of perverting the course of justice remains on bail.

Miss Lawrence, 35, who lived in Heworth, had worked at the University of York as a chef. She had been due to begin a 06:00 shift on 19 March but failed to turn up.

Extensive searches of the area were made, but she was not found and police have since treated her disappearance as murder.

Police launched a review of the case last year and carried out new forensic work and searches of Miss Lawrence's home.

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