On Wednesday March 18 in the year 2009 when one Barack Hussein Obama II was the 44th President of the United States, an ambitious ‘Crooked Hillary’ was biding her time as Secretary of State and with Prime Minister Brown’s popularity on an ever downward trajectory – the architect of Brexit, David Cameron was loitering on the benches as the Conservative Leader of the Opposition.
With music from Kelly Clarkson, Lady Ga Ga, Kings of Leon and a youthful Taylor Swift dominating the airwaves, television aficionados were looking forward to the finale in the second series of Mistresses which had been following the drama surrounding the illicit relationships of four friends.
There was cinematic excitement for the release of Sunshine Cleaning, the comedy drama starring Emily Blunt and theatre luvvies were mourning the sudden death of actress Natasha Richardson at the age of 45.
And on an unseasonably warm afternoon, a 35 year old attractive woman was spotted walking towards her home in the Heworth area of York at 3.05 pm – only to be never seen again.
The disappearance of Claudia Elizabeth Lawrence over ten years ago continues to be one of the most baffling missing person cases in recent memory.
For with an estimated cost of a million pounds, thousands of statements and interviews; along with the hundreds of searches and inquiries and a handful of arrests – North Yorkshire Police can seemingly offer no clue as to her fate.
Along with Lord ‘Lucky’ Lucan who vanished into the ether one cold November evening in 1974 after the murder of his children’s nanny Sandra Rivett and Suzy Lamplugh who disappeared one July afternoon in 1986 – Claudia has apparently evaporated without trace.
Although the investigation into her disappearance has been extensive and highly publicized, it has not been without controversy nor resentment and despite an effective media campaign orchestrated by her father Peter Lawrence and revealing interviews with her close friends Suzy Cooper and Jen King – Claudia remains a complex victim.