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Search for Claudia Lawrence at Yorkshire beauty spot ends as ‘nothing of significance’ is found

North Yorkshire Police has been searching a woodland area and two lakes at Sand Hutton Gravel Pits near York for 12 days, using search experts, specially trained search dogs, divers and forensic archaeologists. Ms Lawrence has not been seen since 2009, when the 35-year-old chef failed to turn up for work at the University of York, and detectives believe she was murdered, even though no body has been found.

The force said “nothing of obvious significance” was found but a number of small items are being “assessed for their forensic potential”. Detective Superintendent Wayne Fox, head of the Major Investigation Team, said the search of Sand Hutton Gravel Pits began after new information came to light.

He said: “When we assessed these separate and independently-sourced pieces of information against the wealth of information already generated during the last 12 years, we found they correlated with other information pointing to the area of Sand Hutton.

“We then consulted a number of national experts in various different disciplines and concluded that we could not discount the possibility that Sand Hutton Gravel Pits could have a major relevance in explaining what happened to Claudia.

“Armed with fresh information to the enquiry, that seemed to corroborate known facts, we were duty bound to conduct thorough searches of the area.

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