Claudia Lawrence: Murder suspect released on bail

Claudia: last seen in March 2009
24 Mar 2015 @ 10.03 pm
| Crime

A man arrested on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence has been released from custody.

The man, who was arrested on Monday (March 23) was released on police bail on Tuesday (March 24) in order to allow detectives time to follow up lines of enquiry.

The man, who is in his 50s and from the York area, was held in custody while he was interviewed by detectives from the North Yorkshire Police Major Crime Unit.

Although he has been released from custody, proceedings in this case – as they relate to him – remain active.

Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence case, reiterated the importance of keeping the suspect’s identity under wraps.

I am very grateful to the media and the public for supporting my request that this individual should under no circumstances be identified, either in traditional media or on social media platforms.

That is because identification is an issue, and publishing this man’s identity could cause serious harm to my investigation.

This continues to be the case, even though the man has been released on bail, and I must ask that the media and public continue to support me and make no attempt to identify him, his place of work or his home address.

– Det Supt Malyn

Claudia’s family have been informed about today’s developments.

If you have any information, contact police – details below.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and pass details to the Force Control Room
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Use the anonymous form on the Crimestoppers website
Please quote “Claudia Lawrence” when passing on details