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Claudia: Mystery Man Wanted Over Disappearance
A mystery man whose DNA was found in a car belonging to missing York cook Claudia Lawrence is being sought five years after her disappearance.
The possible clue is one of several potential new leads thrown up by a police review of the murder investigation.
The 35-year-old should have walked to the University of York to start her shift at 6am on the morning of Thursday, March 18, 2009, but never arrived and was reported missing the following day by her father Peter, 70.
A lengthy police investigation drew a blank and a cold case review was launched in October, which has involved forensically re-examining her home in the Heworth area of York and re-interviewing her family and friends.
Detectives from North Yorkshire Police have now revealed:
:: A DNA profile of an unidentified male has been found on an Embassy Regal cigarette butt in her car.
:: Fingerprints of unidentified people have been found in Claudia's house.
:: Phone records show she spent time in the Acomb area of the city which has not been accounted for.
:: Her hair straighteners were missing from her home.
:: Her mobile phone was probably deliberately turned off at lunchtime on March 18.
:: Police are concentrating on a "number of individuals" but there are no official suspects.
Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn told a news conference that although the last known sighting of Claudia was on Wednesday afternoon, the evidence suggests she went missing the following day.
He said: "Claudia's bed was made and it appears that she had eaten breakfast and brushed her teeth, it is our belief that she had left for work on the morning of Thursday, 19 March, 2009."
Detectives have also released photographs of Claudia's car and the missing hair straighteners and CCTV pictures of a man they want to identify who told staff in a York Co-op store in April 2009 that he knew Claudia.