Peter Lawrence, whose daughter Claudia Lawrence has been missing since she disappeared from her York residence virtually 12 years in the past, has died aged 74.
In a quick assertion, his household mentioned he died at St Leonard’s Hospice within the metropolis following a brief sickness.
Claudia, 35, a chef at a College of York canteen, is assumed to have been murdered after failing to flip up to work in March 2009, leaving no apparent clues about what had happened to her.
Within the years since, Mr Lawrence had helped detectives in two separate police homicide investigations as they tried to piece collectively his daughter’s personal life, and had repeatedly appealed for whoever knew what had happened to his daughter to converse out.
Detective Superintendent Ray Galloway, who led the primary investigation, mentioned Claudia’s personal life had concerned “complexity and thriller”, and though two arrests had been made, no fees had been introduced.
4 years after her disappearance, a chilly case evaluation was launched and a new investigation led by Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn resulted in six arrests, together with 4 native males of their 50s.
When the Crown Prosecution Service introduced in 2016 that there was inadequate proof to convey fees towards the 4, Mr Malyn mentioned his investigation had been “compromised by the reluctance of some, and refusal of others, to cooperate with police enquiries”.
All through the 2 investigations, that are thought to have value virtually £1.5m, Mr Lawrence campaigned on behalf of his daughter and have become an lively supporter of the charity Missing Folks.
A chorister at York Minster, with connections within the Church of England and the native Conservative celebration, Mr Lawrence enlisted the assistance of the then archbishop of York, John Sentamu, to preserve the media highlight on his daughter’s case.
A deeply personal man, he generally struggled with media consideration.
However with authorized expertise together with a spell as a North Yorkshire Police solicitor prior to the creation of the Crown Prosecution Service, Mr Lawrence efficiently lobbied for a brand new regulation to give the households of missing folks the suitable to take care of their monetary affairs after 90 days.
Dubbed Claudia’s Regulation, it was handed in April 2017 and the next 12 months Mr Lawrence acquired an OBE within the Queen’s birthday honours listing for his position in founding the invoice.
Mr Lawrence’s household mentioned in an announcement: “It’s unhappy that almost 12 years after Claudia’s disappearance from York, Peter by no means came upon what has happened to her.
“He was a really personal particular person thrust into the complete glare of the media, and regardless of a tireless marketing campaign to discover her he additionally selflessly devoted himself to serving to others with missing family by way of the charity Missing Folks.”
They added: “Regardless of Peter’s loss of life, the message stays the identical – the place is Claudia?
“Anybody with info ought to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.”