Friends of Claudia Lawrence hoping for answers ten years on – video

Friends of Claudia Lawrence, Jen King (left) and Suzy Cooper, light candles at York Minster the 10th anniversary of her disappearance. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Friends of Claudia Lawrence have said they hope they will start “finding answers” as they gathered to mark the 10-year anniversary of her disappearance.

Miss Lawrence, who was 35 when she disappeared, has not been seen since March 18 2009.

Police believe the University of York chef has been murdered, although no body has ever been found.

On Monday afternoon (18 March), friends of Miss Lawrence gathered at York Minster to light a candle and appeal for information.

Her father Peter had also hoped to be there, but he has been taken ill.

Martin Dales, a family friend who spoke on behalf of Peter, said: “We hope very much that we will start finding those answers that we have been needing to find all these years of what has happened to Claudia.


“It’s a poignant occasion, it’s a big occasion. We want it to be successful in finding the answers we haven’t had for so many years.”

Mr Dales was joined at the Minster by his wife Hazel and Miss Lawrence’s friends Suzy Cooper, 54, and Jen King, 34.