Claudia Lawrence's mother has 'gut instinct' she is abroad

The mother of missing chef Claudia Lawrence said today she has a gut instinct her daughter is abroad.

In her first full interview, Joan Lawrence also said she thinks the search for the 35-year-old needs some "new input" from the public.

Miss Lawrence was last seen near her home on Heworth Road, York, on 18 March and failed to arrive for a 6am shift at work at the University of York's Goodricke College the following day.

Since then, a huge police operation has failed to find any trace of her.

In a video interview for the Scarborough Evening News website, her mother said: "I don't think she's in the country. I think she's abroad. I don't know for certain. I have a gut instinct."

Mrs Lawrence, who lives in Norton, North Yorkshire, said she is concerned about the lack of new leads being generated by the public despite the "fantastic" help people have given so far.

"I don't think hardly anybody's come forward, really - nothing definite," she said. "I sometimes feel we're going down the wrong track. I think there's got to be new input."

But Mrs Lawrence said she had received hundreds of cards and letters from concerned members of the public.

She is divorced from Miss Lawrence's father, Peter, who has been leading the campaign to keep his daughter's plight in the public eye over the past two months.

But whereas Mr Lawrence has been making weekly appeals for help, his ex-wife has been less willing to face the cameras.

North Yorkshire Police have now formally classified their investigation as one of suspected murder and the case will be featured on BBC1's Crimewatch programme again on 2 June, after reconstructions were filmed in York last week.

Last week, police released new CCTV footage of a man seen near Miss Lawrence's home the morning after she was last seen.

The images show a man going to the rear of the terrace where the 35-year-old lived before returning to the front of the property at about 5.50am on 19 March.

Officers said they also want to speak to another man captured on CCTV in the area.

The second man can be seen for a few seconds walking on the opposite side of Heworth Road.

Detectives are also trying to trace a number of other people in connection with the investigation.

Police are investigating sightings of two men seen outside the front of Miss Lawrence's home on 10 March; a man and woman seen on Melrosegate Bridge in York at around 5.35am on 19 March; and a couple seen arguing near a car on University Road on the same morning.

Crimestoppers has offered a £10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case and a website set up to try to help find Miss Lawrence had received more than 16,000 hits since it was launched.

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