Claudia police bail murder suspect again

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A MAN arrested on suspicion of murdering missing university chef Claudia Lawrence has been re-bailed by detectives.

A 60-year-old York man - named locally as former lab technician Michael Snelling - was arrested in May on suspicion of killing Miss Lawrence, who has not been seen since March 2009.

North Yorkshire Police said today: “The 60-year-old man arrested on 13 May 2014 on suspicion of murdering Claudia Lawrence has been re-bailed while further police inquiries are made.”

The force said a 46-year-old man arrested suspicion of perverting the course of justice as part of the investigation in July has also been re-bailed.

Miss Lawrence worked in a kitchen at York University and was 35 when she went missing.

She was last seen at around 3pm on March 18 2009 as she made her way home from her shift and was reported missing by her father two days later.

Her family believe something happened to her as she left for work early on March 19. Police think she has been murdered.

North Yorkshire Police launched a review of the investigation last year and carried out a detailed re-examination of Miss Lawrence’s home.

Detectives launched a fresh appeal for information on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme earlier this year.

Officers said at the time of the TV appeal that they were interested in the Acomb area of York.

They said evidence derived from calls made from Miss Lawrence’s missing mobile phone suggested she had been spending time in the Acomb area in the weeks up to her disappearance.

A pub in Acomb was searched in July, on the day the 46-year-old man was arrested.

The sound of drilling could be heard coming from inside the premises during the operation.

Mr Snelling’s house was searched over a number of days in May.