Claudia Lawrence: Joan Lawrence tells police to question the killer

Joan Lawrence, right, says ‘there’s something we’re missing’ regarding Claudia’s cold case (Image: ITV/Getty/PA)

The mother of the missing Claudia Lawrence has urged police to review the case of a convicted murderer as part of their investigation.

Claudia, who worked at York University, disappeared 14 years ago today.

The 35-year-old chef was due to start work at 6 a.m. a 45-minute walk from her home in Heworth, but she never showed up.

Police believe that Claudia was murdered, but no body has ever been found despite extensive investigations.

His mother, Joan, said a recent wave of new witnesses coming forward “cannot just be a coincidence.”

He has urged police to reinvestigate the case of Christopher Halliwell, a former Swindon taxi driver.

He murdered Becky Godden-Edwards, 20, in 2003 and Sian O’Callaghan, 22, in 2011.

Joan, speaking from her home in Malton, North Yorkshire, told the Mirror: “Many witnesses mention ‘piercing blue eyes’. It seems there is something we are all missing.

Claudia Lawrence's mom says 'there's something we're missing' 14 years after she went missing

Police believe Claudia Lawrence was murdered (Image: North Yorkshire Police)

Christopher Halliwell.  (file photo) See SWNS story SWBRbecky.  The mother of a Christopher Halliwell victim says parts of her body were missing when police returned her, and she believes her killer kept her skull, hands and feet as

Joan Lawrence said witnesses saw a man with ‘piercing blue eyes’ which she compared to Christopher Halliwell (Image: SWNS)

‘Surely the police should be looking at this again?’

There are also disturbing similarities between the date Claudia was reported missing, March 19, and Halliwell.

Joan continued: “I think one of his girlfriends left him on the date and it’s the day he kidnapped Sian in 2011.

“I am concerned that the police have written it off without fully investigating.”

A “treasure trove” of items belonging to Halliwell was also found in a lake in Ramsbury, Wiltshire in 2014.

Joan has asked for the chance to see the items, as she “might recognize something from Claudia that could be vital.”

Police at the place where they found the body of Becky Godden Edwards.  (file photo) See SWNS story SWBRbecky.  The mother of a Christopher Halliwell victim says parts of her body were missing when police returned her, and she believes her killer kept her skull, hands and feet as

Police at the location where they found the body of murder victim Becky Godden Edwards (Image: SWNS)

Joan Lawrence reacts to the new search operation in relation to the disappearance of her daughter

Joan Lawrence has been working tirelessly to find answers for the last 14 years (Picture: ITV)

North Yorkshire Police issued a new statement this morning asking anyone with information to come forward.

The statement reads: “On the 14th anniversary of the disappearance and suspected murder of Claudia Lawrence in York, our thoughts remain with Claudia’s loved ones at this most difficult and moving time of the year.

“Claudia’s family, friends and the general public can rest assured that all new information is carefully and thoroughly evaluated by the Cleveland and North Yorkshire Police Cold Case Review Unit.

‘Any information that is assessed to be credible and capable of development will be acted on. Hopefully this is demonstrated by the enhanced police activity that took place at the end of 2021.

“While the investigation remains reactive, North Yorkshire Police are committed to providing the answers those closest to Claudia need.

“We are once again reaching out to the public to help us in our ongoing efforts to find those answers.”

Undated file photo issued by North Yorkshire Police of Claudia Lawrence.  The search for the chef could be hampered by the withholding of vital information, police said 10 years after she was last seen.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo.  Issue date: Monday March 18, 2019. Monday marks a decade since the York University chef disappeared on March 18, 2009 at the age of 35.  See PA story Chef LOST.  Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used for editorial reporting purposes for contemporary illustration of events, things or people pictured or facts mentioned in the photo caption.  Image reuse may require additional permission from the copyright holder.

Over £1m has been spent on the search to find Claudia (Picture: PA)

Earlier, sources close to the investigation revealed that Claudia’s Samsung D900 phone was attached to a mast next to York University, where she worked, when her manager called at 10am on March 19.

The evidence supports the police theory that someone close to her killed her.

Two hours after her manager called, phone records indicate her phone was turned off.

Claudia’s father, Peter, died in February at the age of 74 without knowing what happened to his daughter.

In his first public appeal, he said: ‘I don’t think she was kidnapped in the sense of a forcible transfer.

“It would be quite difficult to do that, even with a little girl like Claudia, because she kicked and screamed and yelled, but there’s always the chance that someone she vaguely knows offered her a ride.”

YORK, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26: Police officers conduct a search in a wood as North Yorkshire Police investigate the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence at the Sand Hutton Gravel Pits on August 26, 2021 in York, England.  The popular fishing spot near York is being searched by police investigating the alleged murder of Claudia Lawrence.  The 35-year-old woman's disappearance has remained a mystery since she failed to report for work at York University in March 2009. North Yorkshire police said their latest search was in the gravel pits of Sand Hutton, about eight miles (13 km) from York, it was expected to take several days.  The force said it could not reveal what brought officers to the scene.  The university's chef, Mrs Lawrence, was last seen at 15:05 on Wednesday March 18 walking towards her home in Heworth Road.  The next day she didn't show up for her job at Goodricke College.  A friend who was concerned when she did not meet at a local pub that evening contacted Mrs Lawrence's father, who reported her missing on 20 March 2009. Her father, Peter Lawrence, died earlier this year without knowing what happened to her daughter.  (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Police searched the Sand Hutton Gravel Pits in 2021 after receiving new information about the mystery (Image: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

EMBARGOED TO 0001 MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 File photo dated 14/4/2009 of Peter Lawrence with a 'Filpot' tabletop box showing images of his missing daughter.  The father of missing chef Claudia Lawrence, who is feared murdered, died without knowing what happened to his daughter.  Lawrence died on Thursday at St Leonards Hospice, York, aged 74, after a brief illness, his family said in a statement.  Issue date: Monday, February 15, 2021. PA Photo.  See PA story DEATH Lawrence.  Photo credit should read: Frank Dwyer/PA Wire

Peter Lawrence died before learning what happened to his daughter (Image: PA)

Despite her highly publicized disappearance, Joan recently revealed how letters continue to be sent to Claudia’s cabin several times a year demanding payment of the license fee.

The 79-year-old continues to maintain her daughter’s former home on her own after her ex-husband Peter died aged 74 in 2021.

He drives there from Malton, North Yorkshire, every other week.

‘Recently there was a letter, threatening a £1,000 fine if the license was not paid. It’s unbelievable,’ he said.

I’ve written to tell them what happened, and the police are supposed to be sorting it out, but the letters keep coming.

The BBC later issued an apology for the problem.

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should make a report via the North Yorkshire Police website or call 101, select option 1 and pass the details on to the Force Control Room.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form at No personal data is taken, the information cannot be traced or recorded, and it will not go to court.

Please cite ‘Claudia Lawrence’ when providing details.

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