Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have today released a 47-year-old man from bail.
He was arrested on July 23 last year on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
The decision to release him from his bail conditions has been made following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service and following information the man provided to us which has progressed the investigation and clarified certain issues.
Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit and the senior investigating officer in the Claudia Lawrence case, said: “Our investigation into the disappearance and suspected murder of Claudia Lawrence continues to focus on key lines of enquiry that the on-going review is identifying.
“People should also be reminded that any arrest we make must be based on evidence, be that from witnesses, forensic examinations and/or on the basis of other information we gather.
“I am convinced the breakthrough in the investigation will be from this relentless pursuit for the truth.”
Following the arrest of a local man on suspicion of murder on March 23, police have also reminded the media and public not to publish or broadcast anything on social media and digital sites that could compromise the enquiry or the legal rights of those connected to the case.
Det Supt Malyn again urged people not to identify the arrested man under any circumstances because identification is an issue in the case. This includes his name, photograph, home address, place of work or any vehicles connected to him.
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and pass details to the Force Control Room. Please quote “Claudia Lawrence” when passing on details.
Alternatively, if you have any information about the Claudia Lawrence case you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
For further information on the Claudia Lawrence investigation, please go to the dedicated microsite on the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/claudialawrence