Family of Claudia Lawrence prepare to mark her 40th birthday

Family of Claudia Lawrence prepare to mark her 40th birthday

Claudia Lawrence, whose family are preparing to mark her 40th birthday this week

Ali Sims with her sister Claudia on her wedding day in 1999

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THE family of missing chef Claudia Lawrence are preparing to mark her 40th birthday this week.

It is nearly five years since she went missing after leaving work in York, and on Thursday her family will quietly remember her birthday.

Despite a huge police hunt and recent review of the case by North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, no new information about her possible whereabouts has been released.

Her disappearance remains one of Britain’s highest profile unsolved crimes.

Ms Lawrence's older sister, Ali Sims, 43, told a national Sunday newspaper she longs for the day her sister comes home, saying; “All I want to do is give her a hug.”

Mrs Sims, who lives in Derbyshire with her husband and two children aged nine and five, said her sister would have wanted to celebrate her birthday in style.

She said Claudia “probably would have had some drinks down her local pub, the Nag's Head, with everyone who was special to her”.

She said they planned to take her mother, Joan, from Malton, out for the day to keep try and prevent her dwelling on the fact her daughter is not there.

Mrs Sims said it is painful to know her youngest son has no recollection of her sister, as he was a baby when she went missing.

Mrs Sims said she found not knowing what has happened to her sister very difficult and every day lived in dread of bad news.

In October a team of forensics officers conducted an in-depth search of her home on Heworth Road, York, using newly advanced scientific techniques and tests in a bid to discover new information.

Mrs Sims told the Sunday newspaper she believed there was someone out there who had abducted her sister and she wanted them brought to justice.

“In October forensic officers went back into Claud’s house but if they found anything interesting they didn’t tell us," she said.

“I’m pleased they haven’t forgotten her but also I dread what they might find.”

Ms Lawrence, who was born in Darlington and grew up in Malton, was a chef at York University. Her disappearance is being treated as suspected murder.

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6:22pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Andyleigh says...

An excuse for more airtime on TV for her father. He likes nothing better.
An excuse for more airtime on TV for her father. He likes nothing better. Andyleigh
  • Score: -9

7:38pm Sun 23 Feb 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

I know i'm a bas---d, but please stop this, just STOP,,,,,,,,,

The poor love is gone, trust me.

All this stuff will not bring her back, JUST STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't imagine how you feel, or what your going through, but she's gone, i'm so so sorry.
I know i'm a bas---d, but please stop this, just STOP,,,,,,,,, The poor love is gone, trust me. All this stuff will not bring her back, JUST STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't imagine how you feel, or what your going through, but she's gone, i'm so so sorry. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: -4

9:27pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Statler4 says...

NO EINSTEIN wrote:
I know i'm a bas---d, but please stop this, just STOP,,,,,,,,,

The poor love is gone, trust me.

All this stuff will not bring her back, JUST STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't imagine how you feel, or what your going through, but she's gone, i'm so so sorry.
Even if she is gone as you put it, and you have no evidence let alone proof to support your view, someone is responsible for her disappearance and they need to be brought to justice.
[quote][p][bold]NO EINSTEIN[/bold] wrote: I know i'm a bas---d, but please stop this, just STOP,,,,,,,,, The poor love is gone, trust me. All this stuff will not bring her back, JUST STOP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't imagine how you feel, or what your going through, but she's gone, i'm so so sorry.[/p][/quote]Even if she is gone as you put it, and you have no evidence let alone proof to support your view, someone is responsible for her disappearance and they need to be brought to justice. Statler4
  • Score: 6

9:31pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Statler4 says...

Andyleigh wrote:
An excuse for more airtime on TV for her father. He likes nothing better.
Crazy, sick and misinformed comment. Her father is an extremely private man and appearing in public tears him apart. Far from liking nothing better, it is absolute agony for him. He does it out of sheer desperation. What enjoyment do you think he gets from appearing on tv?
[quote][p][bold]Andyleigh[/bold] wrote: An excuse for more airtime on TV for her father. He likes nothing better.[/p][/quote]Crazy, sick and misinformed comment. Her father is an extremely private man and appearing in public tears him apart. Far from liking nothing better, it is absolute agony for him. He does it out of sheer desperation. What enjoyment do you think he gets from appearing on tv? Statler4
  • Score: 10

10:12pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Davy Crocket says...

I'm sure I walked past her rucksack a few days after she disappeared but was unsure told police after crimewatch appeal but heard nothing about it. I then though I saw her on Rougier Street months later in the middle of the day but thought it would not be as many many people were around and why would she be casually walking around York on a busy lunchtime.
I'm sure I walked past her rucksack a few days after she disappeared but was unsure told police after crimewatch appeal but heard nothing about it. I then though I saw her on Rougier Street months later in the middle of the day but thought it would not be as many many people were around and why would she be casually walking around York on a busy lunchtime. Davy Crocket
  • Score: -1

8:37am Mon 24 Feb 14

Jackaranda says...

Statler4 wrote:
Andyleigh wrote:
An excuse for more airtime on TV for her father. He likes nothing better.
Crazy, sick and misinformed comment. Her father is an extremely private man and appearing in public tears him apart. Far from liking nothing better, it is absolute agony for him. He does it out of sheer desperation. What enjoyment do you think he gets from appearing on tv?
Don't say it doesn't happen Statler, the McCann's loved the publicity, they positively courted it!!
[quote][p][bold]Statler4[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andyleigh[/bold] wrote: An excuse for more airtime on TV for her father. He likes nothing better.[/p][/quote]Crazy, sick and misinformed comment. Her father is an extremely private man and appearing in public tears him apart. Far from liking nothing better, it is absolute agony for him. He does it out of sheer desperation. What enjoyment do you think he gets from appearing on tv?[/p][/quote]Don't say it doesn't happen Statler, the McCann's loved the publicity, they positively courted it!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 0

10:04am Mon 24 Feb 14

reasoned view says...

It is tragic Claudia went missing, but if someone is arrested, would her solicitor father defend them and present their lies to a court?
Thought so.
It is tragic Claudia went missing, but if someone is arrested, would her solicitor father defend them and present their lies to a court? Thought so. reasoned view
  • Score: -2

10:50am Sat 1 Mar 14

Rodney Ashley Ballard says...

I have been researching this case for nearly five years now and what I have discovered from interaction with those concerned plus use of Remote Viewing and other paranormal modalities flies in the face of those who dare to call themselves the Friends and Family of Claudia. In the early days Metaphysicist Dr Karen Stevens did RV work to try and locate where Claudia was for the Family. Unfortunately she was cast aside and now I can see why her activities were pulled up. To her credit I have found her Isolated White House, Her Georgian Style House and a series of Ditches/Dykes and these complement some Sixteen more Confirmation Targets which I have viewed from Seventy Miles away and then gone to York and FOUND them. So we know where she lays but unfortunately I do not have the same resources as the police and also it often means trespass which I have done. I have offered on several occasions to go to North Yorks Police HQ at my own expense to reveal my knowledge which strangely the so called friends and family of Claudia DO NOT want to hear. And from my latest reply from Dai Malyn HE does not want to hear them either. Do you know that I sent him a gift and that was an image taken within the Nags Head showing the man who I viewed walking in upon Claudia whilst she was in congress with another and also later strangling her in a LHD Audi just across the road from her home in the early hours of Thursday the 19th of March 2009. This man who had Grey Crew Cut Hair was known to nearly all those who appeared in the news in 2009, espescially the Landlord and the Girl who lived with Claudia during 2008. Also those two who were divorced as a result of Claudia's actions. How can all these people keep this man out of the limelight ? This does involve Special Branch I an certain. Claudia needed no Enemies with Friends like that. My profiles are public and I stand by what I have found.
I have been researching this case for nearly five years now and what I have discovered from interaction with those concerned plus use of Remote Viewing and other paranormal modalities flies in the face of those who dare to call themselves the Friends and Family of Claudia. In the early days Metaphysicist Dr Karen Stevens did RV work to try and locate where Claudia was for the Family. Unfortunately she was cast aside and now I can see why her activities were pulled up. To her credit I have found her Isolated White House, Her Georgian Style House and a series of Ditches/Dykes and these complement some Sixteen more Confirmation Targets which I have viewed from Seventy Miles away and then gone to York and FOUND them. So we know where she lays but unfortunately I do not have the same resources as the police and also it often means trespass which I have done. I have offered on several occasions to go to North Yorks Police HQ at my own expense to reveal my knowledge which strangely the so called friends and family of Claudia DO NOT want to hear. And from my latest reply from Dai Malyn HE does not want to hear them either. Do you know that I sent him a gift and that was an image taken within the Nags Head showing the man who I viewed walking in upon Claudia whilst she was in congress with another and also later strangling her in a LHD Audi just across the road from her home in the early hours of Thursday the 19th of March 2009. This man who had Grey Crew Cut Hair was known to nearly all those who appeared in the news in 2009, espescially the Landlord and the Girl who lived with Claudia during 2008. Also those two who were divorced as a result of Claudia's actions. How can all these people keep this man out of the limelight ? This does involve Special Branch I an certain. Claudia needed no Enemies with Friends like that. My profiles are public and I stand by what I have found. Rodney Ashley Ballard
  • Score: 1

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