A special church service has been held to remember missing York woman Claudia Lawrence. Ms Lawrence, who worked as a chef at York University, disappeared from her house on Heworth Road in March 2009.
She was 35 when she vanished and no trace of her has been found, despite numerous arrests and extensive police searches. The service was held at the All Saints Church in Darlington, the home town of her mother Joan Lawrence.
The event has been organised by Peter Barron, editor of the Northern Echo newspaper, who has become friends with Mrs Lawrence since the paper began reporting on her daughter's disappearance. The service featured unseen photos from the family archive of Ms Lawrence as a child and a message was read from the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu. Despite her daughter being missing for six years, Mrs Lawrence said she was still hopeful that her daughter will be found alive.
The Criminal Prosecution Service has decided not to charge the men over the suspected murder of the missing York chef. Ms Lawrence has been missing for seven years this month after having disappeared on March 18 2009.
She is presumed to have been murdered, though a body has never been found. The 35-year-old was reported missing by her father the following day when she failed to turn up for her 6am shift at York University, where she worked as a cook. Four men were arrested last year on suspicion of murder but will now not face charges.
Mum of missing Claudia Lawrence became emotional on This Morning today as she backed extra funding in the search to find Madeleine McCann.
Scotland Yard have recently announced that they would be injecting an additional £154,000 to keep the search for Maddie going.
Her disappearance has become one of the most high-profile and costly police investigations in history. Over £11million has been spent since she went missing from her bed in May 3 2007 during a holiday in Praia da Luz in the Algarve.