“It is shameful that Mari Luz’s father has brought himself to complain,” was the reaction of Clarence Mitchell, the spokesman for the McCann couple, in response to the request from Juan Jose Cortés that the posters with the photo of his daughter beside Madeleine should not be distributed.

Friday, March 11, 2011

McCann's usage of Peter Lawrence .

Claudia Lawrence police search pub with body-sniffing dogs

Detectives investigating the disappearance of the chef Claudia Lawrence today brought in dogs trained to find bodies as they searched a pub near her home.

It is the second time offices have searched the site with the latest “more detailed” sweep said to be “integral” to the case.

Ms Lawrence was last sighted at her home 12 weeks ago and was reported missing after she failed to arrive for a 6am shift at the University of York's Goodricke College. The Nag’s Head Pub is just doors away from her home.

Detectives, who are treating the case as suspected murder, believe that her disappearance is linked to a secretive love life that she kept hidden from friends and family.

Ms Lawrence, 35, the daughter of a solicitor, was described by family and friends as sweet-natured, sociable and hard working but the police believe that her private life was complicated.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said that nobody had been arrested in connection with her disappearance and the search, involving 11 search officers, was part of the ongoing investigation.

The spokesman said: “Today’s search of the Nag's Head public house is the latest element of what is a continuously developing investigation.

“The search is a detailed one and will take several hours to complete. It is in addition to a search of the premises that took place on March 28 and forms an integral part of the overall search strategy that has been, and will continue to be, a central feature of the investigation.”
By 4pm crime scene investigators wearing blue plastic gloves began to file out into the pub car park and three large police vans left the scene.

Within ten minutes, the pub, still displaying posters reading “Have you seen Claudia?”, was open to customers but bar staff refused to discuss the search.

Miss Lawrence, a prolific texter, last spoke to her family on the evening of Wednesday March 18 and exchanged text messages with two friends. The next day her phone was switched off or powered down and has not been located.

She took no money, bank cards or passport.

Her disappearance was featured on the BBC Crimewatch programme.

Detective Superintendent Ray Galloway, of North Yorkshire Police, said he was certain she had kept some of her more "complex and mysterious" relationships secret.

"As the investigation has developed, it is apparent that some of Claudia's relationships had an element of complexity and mystery to them," he said. "I am certain that some of those relationships were not known to her family and her friends. I need to know the details of those relationships."

Mr Galloway promised that anyone contacting the police would be dealt with in a discreet and confidential manner.

He added: "I am not here to judge Claudia's relationships. I am here to investigate them. I need people to share that information with me."

After the public appeal on Crimewatch, North Yorkshire Police said that they received about 40 calls offering information.

Alexandria Sims, Ms Lawrence's sister, talked about the strain of not knowing what had happened. "I find it hard to accept that people just vanish into thin air," she said. "There must be people out there that have seen something suspicious or who know something that has happened."

Miss Lawrence's father, Peter Lawrence, 62, from Malton, North Yorkshire, said: "It is almost unbearable not knowing. If anyone else out there who does have the knowledge [of what happened to her] has a family, they must know what we are going through."

The investigation is the biggest North Yorkshire Police have conducted since the search for multiple killer Mark Hobson five years ago.

AVONMOUTH: remains of woman found

Monday, March 7, 2011

Wife of Mari Luz accused on remand

After more than two hours of questioning Garcia was charged with failing to prevent a crime and lying under oath following her claim on television that her husband “had done Mari Luz in.”

“I can’t go on.  I’m really sorry for my husband’s sake.  But I can’t cover up a crime,” she had told Ana Rosa Quintana live on Telecinco the previous day.

She retracted her statement in court on February 16 and declarations to the police and investigating judge in 2008 which had implicated her sister-in-law Rosa del Valle.

According to Isabel Garcia’s latest version of events as told to Ana Rosa Quintana, her husband killed Mari Luz accidentally.  “It wasn’t on purpose,” she insisted.

After the end of the television programme, Garcia, accompanied by presenter Nacho Abad, went voluntarily to a police station where she was detained overnight before questioning by the Madrid judge.

Garcia, who has learning difficulties, travelled three days earlier to Madrid at the invitation of the television channel and the same judge is now investigating the manner in which Isabel Garcia was taken from Sevilla to Madrid and later to the police.

Garcia’s admission on February 25 coincided with the final day of Santiago and Rosa del Valle’s trial for the murder of Mari Luz Cortes.

Mari Luz disappeared on January 13 2008 and her body was not found until March 7 2008.  Del Valle was arrested on March 25 2008 and at the time should have been in prison for sexual abuse offences, including one against his own daughter, but was at large owing to a judicial oversight.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Haleigh Cummings, another McCann victim via the media but they soon backed off when the finger pointed to the family.

Crocodile tears, for they know little Haleigh's fate.

Haleigh,  Madeleine, their deaths and whereabouts known to family and friends.....http://topics.firstcoastnews.com/Haleigh+Cummings

What a difference a Sunday makes...

.......last Saturday the celeb child neglector, with broken heart, was pleading for Hewletts widow to please tell what she knows, as said child neglector fears her husband has taken his secret to the grave.
Sunday, the dry eyed child neglector stole the thunder from Claudia Lawrence by lighting a candle for her daughter Madeleine ....... Todays chosen victim is Rui Pedro and tomorrows ?  .....


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Goncalo Amaral, hated by Kate McCann because he knows the truth...

Claudia Lawrence still missing.



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Claudia Lawrence's father reveals why Madeleine McCann's parents have been a help to him
Friday March 4,2011

By Rachel May

EVERY loving parent holds their child a little tighter at the thought of Claudia Lawrence and others like her who are missing without explanation.
But only those who have experienced the nightmare for themselves can understand the pain that Claudia’s father endures two years after the chef disappeared on her way to work.

Which is why last Sunday, on Claudia’s 37th birthday, Peter Lawrence met with Kate McCann, the mother of Madeleine who will have been missing for four years this May. Together they prayed in York Minster for their own daughters, for each other’s and for the families of missing people everywhere, and found some comfort in the knowledge that someone else is living with the same unbearable sadness. 

“On the surface our cases are very different,” says the 64-year-old solicitor.

“Madeleine was three when she went missing, Claudia was 35. Madeleine was abroad. Claudia was close to home. But the feeling that any parent has, no matter the child’s age or the circumstances of their disappearance, is the same.”

The last confirmed sighting of Claudia was at 3pm on March 18, 2009, as she made her way home from her shift as a chef at the University of York. She spoke to her mother later that day, sounding bright and cheerful, but was never heard from again. She failed to arrive for work the next morning although police believe she set off as normal, taking with her a rucksack, her mobile phone and a set of chef’s whites.

“In the course of two years, we have ruled out a lot of possibilities,” says Peter. “All I’m left with is that she went to work that morning and was taken by someone – someone she vaguely knew, I expect. There is no respite from the feeling that someone essential to your life is missing and they shouldn’t be. You feel their loss constantly, every day and at every occasion. They should be there.”

When Peter’s elder daughter Ali held her 40th birthday party at home at the end of January, Claudia’s absence was felt especially keenly.

“There are always events that keep it right there at the front of your mind,” he says. “It is emotionally draining and I don’t think that changes over time. Perhaps the emotions feel less raw but time doesn’t make it any less of a strain.”

Cases like that of Joanna Yeates, the 25-year-old who went missing in Bristol last December and whose body was found on Christmas morning, rake up painful memories for the Lawrence family and every other family who has ever been in the same terrible position.

“We wrote to Joanna’s parents expressing our concern because we knew how they must have been feeling,”

says Peter, who lives in Slingsby,  Yorkshire. “In Joanna’s case her body was found reasonably quickly. When any body is found part of me thinks it  could be Claudia.

Bodies have been found near York and, of course, they have turned out not to be her. But you get that feeling every time.”

Until Claudia’s body is found, or any evidence arises to suggest she is dead, Peter and ex-wife Joan – like the McCanns – will continue to believe their daughter is alive, somewhere. It is clear that strong religious faith has given both families strength.

“I have always said that if Claudia had died at any stage in these past two years I would have felt it,” says Peter. “The Archbishop of York, who led prayers on Sunday, believes that too. And I’m sure Kate and Gerry McCann feel the same.” Where there is life there is hope, or as Peter puts it:

 “In these circumstances we must believe that where there is no proof to the contrary, there is hope of life.”

There have been claims focusing on Claudia’s private life that Peter calls  “completely unhelpful”. His comment was prompted by an appearance on BBC1’s Crimewatch in June 2009 by Detective Superintendent Ray Galloway, the officer leading the investigation, in which he said “some [of Claudia’s] relationships had elements of complexity and mystery”.

Peter says: “It may have been a good story but it is completely unhelpful and untrue. It is so frustrating when you’re trying to get to the truth of what happened.”

But he adds: “In the main the press have been very good to us. And anything that keeps people thinking about Claudia and about anything they might know that could lead to a breakthrough is absolutely crucial.” Last autumn the investigation was scaled down.

Not, insists Peter, due to police cutbacks but because there were not enough fresh leads coming in to justify a large, dedicated team. Yet he is reassured to know that there are still potentially valuable pieces of information trickling in. These may come from members of the public or other sources, including investigations under way elsewhere.

“But it’s true to say they are not coming in the volume they did at first,” says Peter, who intends to stage another public event to mark the second anniversary of Claudia’s disappearance on March 18. In the meantime he aims to use his experience to help families of missing people. Earlier this week he addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults about the difficulties relatives face in dealing with the financial affairs of their missing loved ones.

More than 250,000 people are reported missing in the UK every year yet there is no law in place that makes it easy for their families to assume responsibility for their affairs in their absence.

“It’s something you’d probably never consider a problem unless you found yourself in that situation,”

says Peter. “But thousands of families of missing adults cannot deal with the practical and legal issues that their missing relatives leave  behind. Mortgages, banks, car insurance, telephone contracts – every practical aspect of adult life is just left hanging in the air.

“You make endless phone calls to explain the situation and all you get  is ‘You’re not our customer’, ‘You’re not our policy holder’, ‘We will need a signature from the account holder’ – even though they know it’s impossible. It’s extremely frustrating and it happens when people are at their very lowest emotional ebb.”

The committee agreed to set up a parliamentary inquiry. It is clear that after years of slow progress in the search for Claudia there is some satisfaction for him in achieving this step which may lead to the  establishment of a Presumption of Death Act in England and Wales with no minimum time before relatives can apply for a declaration.

“They’re not kicking it into the long grass,” he says. “The inquiry team will gather evidence from politicians, police, bankers, mortgage companies, utilities companies and, of course, families.”

But what is equally important to him is that people who don’t know what happened to a loved one are properly supported. He says: “At the meeting we discussed the fact that victims of even  the most minor crimes are routinely offered victim support.

 The chief executive of Missing People said that when his sunglasses were stolen the police issued him with a pack detailing all the publicly funded services he was entitled to access to help him recover from the stress. Yet if someone goes missing, you get absolutely nothing. Missing People, the charity, have a 24-hour support line. But one has to wonder why there isn’t anything more than that available to us.”

Despite his dedication to this cause Peter’s focus on one goal is unwavering: to fi nd Claudia. And at the two-year mark he admits that the future of the investigation is dependent on the emergence of fresh information.

“Somebody must at some stage come forward with this information. We are completely at their mercy as there is no other realistic course as far as I can see.”

There is the possibility that evidence may link Claudia’s disappearance to others in the future which may in turn provide answers. “That feels like a straw in the wind at the moment,” he says. “But it does happen occasionally.”

The Lawrence family’s best hope lies with the public. “We know that someone out there knows something signifi cant, even if they haven’t realised it yet.

“It is hard to describe how it makes me feel to know that the truth is out there,” he says. “It’s sometimes annoying, sometimes deeply distressing. But it’s also what keeps us going.”

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Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence

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Claudia Lawrence
BornClaudia Elizabeth Lawrence[1]
27 February 1974(1974-02-27)
East Riding of Yorkshire, England[1]
Disappeared18 March 2009 (aged 35)
Heworth, York, England
StatusMissing for 1 year, 11 months and 12 days
EthnicityWhite British
Known forMissing person
Home townHeworth, York
ParentsPeter and Joan Lawrence
RelativesAli Sims (sister)[2]
The disappearance of Claudia Lawrence is a missing person case concerning a then-35 year old British chef at the University of York.[3] The last confirmed sighting of her was on 18 March 2009, in Melrosegate, Heworth, York.[4]



[edit] Disappearance

[edit] Last known whereabouts

Lawrence was last seen nearing her home in Heworth, York, on the afternoon of 18 March, as she returned from her work as a chef at the University of York's Goodricke College at the Roger Kirk Centre. That evening she spoke to her parents by telephone, making plans with her mother to spend Mother's Day together.[5] Lawrence later sent a text message to a friend and has not been heard from since then. The last text message from her was sent at 8:23 p.m.,[6] and her last received message, from a bar worker in Cyprus, was at 9:12 p.m..[7] Lawrence's passport and bank cards were left at her home when she went missing.[8]

[edit] Reported missing

Lawrence was reported missing after she failed to arrive at work for her early morning shift the following day.[6][9] Police are now treating her disappearance as a suspected murder.[10]
Speaking on the BBC 'Today' programme on 4 June 2009, Lawrence's father Peter said he doubted police claims that she had a secret life. He queried the comments made by Detective Superintendent Ray Galloway on BBC Crimewatch programme, specifically that parts of Claudia's life "remain a mystery" and that police believe she had "complicated relationships" that her family and friends knew nothing about.[11] However, he later said that he "did not recognise" his daughter after the claims that had been made about her personal life.[12]
Six weeks after Lawrence went missing, the investigation into her disappearance was reclassified from a missing person's case to a suspected murder enquiry, although police have acknowledged they have no proof Lawrence is dead.[13][14]

[edit] Case progress

The independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has offered a reward of £10,000 to anyone providing information which leads to the arrest and conviction of any person linked to the disappearance.[5][15] Police have said that any past personal acquaintances of Lawrence have a limited time to come forward "in confidence."[16] Police have received over 1,200 calls offering information, and an appeal for help was made by Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.[5][13] In early June 2009, a reconstruction of Lawrence's last known movements was featured in a Crimewatch appeal.[17] The feature generated more than 60 telephone calls.[18] Also in June, 100 days after his daughter went missing, Peter Lawrence launched a YouTube appeal for information.[3] In the appeal, he stated his belief that the internet was vital in the search.[19] In late August 2009, police and the Lawrence family used the annual Whitby Regatta in North Yorkshire to publicise the campaign.[9]
In September 2009, police revealed that the search for Lawrence had been extended to Cyprus.[20] Detective Superintendent Ray Galloway stated that Lawrence "knew several people who live on the island" and that she may have "received job offers" while there.[21] Galloway also stated that some people who had been interviewed had been "reluctant and less than candid" when spoken to, and that a team of officers had been sent to Cyprus to interview people who Lawrence met there.[8] It was reported that the last text message received by Lawrence was from a man who was on the island.[20][21]
Later in September, detectives investigating the Lawrence case made a search of an area of the university where Lawrence worked.[22] In October 2009, police revealed they were looking for the driver of a "rusty white van" who was seen trying to talk to women on Lawrence's route to work in the days before she disappeared.[23]
On 24 March 2010, police began searching areas of Heslington in York, based on new information received "in the last few days".[24] On 24 March, land near to a children's play area, near a muddy farm track, was searched, and on 25 March, the search was relocated to a field near to the university, an area of land which is bordered by a playing field and student accommodation.[25] It was later stated that police did not find any new leads from these searches and nothing of significance had been discovered.[26]

[edit] Links to other cases

Police admitted there were similarities with the cases of Melanie Hall and Joanna Yeates, two other blonde British women who disappeared in 1996 and 2010 respectively, but said that they have not yet found direct evidence to link them.[27] When a young woman's body was discovered on Christmas 2010, Lawrence's father had wondered whether his daughter had been found, but that victim was later identified as Yeates.[28]

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b Births England and Wales 1837-2006
  2. ^ Claudia Lawrence: one year on
  3. ^ a b Claudia Lawrence's father in YouTube video plea mirror.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-20
  4. ^ Father's New Appeal For Missing Chef Claudia news.sky.com retrieved 2009-09-20
  5. ^ a b c The search for Claudia Lawrence independent.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  6. ^ a b Claudia Lawrence investigation BBC Crimewatch 2009-03-31 Detective Supt Ray Galloway
  7. ^ Is missing Claudia Lawrence alive and working in Cyprus? Police fly out to quiz man who sent her last text dailymail.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  8. ^ a b Search for Claudia shifts to Cyprus independent.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  9. ^ a b Regatta crowd plea over Claudia news.bbc.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  10. ^ Hunt for missing chef Claudia Lawrence now a murder case guardian.co.uk 2009-04-24, Martin Wainwright
  11. ^ Peter Lawrence doubts police claims that Claudia had a secret life York Press 2009-06-04
  12. ^ Claudia cops sent to Cyprus thesun.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  13. ^ a b Six-month Claudia search takes toll news.bbc.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  14. ^ Claudia case now suspected murder news.bbc.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  15. ^ Crimestoppers offers £10,000 reward in search of missing Chef Claudia Lawrence Crimestoppers UK 2009-04-24
  16. ^ 'Secret' Boyfriends Warned skynews 2009-06-07
  17. ^ Plea over Claudia relationships news.bbc.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  18. ^ Did missing chef Claudia Lawrence have a line of secret lovers? dailymail.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  19. ^ Missing Chef's Father Makes YouTube Plea news.sky.com retrieved 2009-09-20
  20. ^ a b Holiday flings could hold clues to missing chef Claudia Lawrence mirror.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  21. ^ a b Hunt for missing chef Claudia Lawrence extends to Cyprus dailyrecord.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-19
  22. ^ Claudia police search university news.bbc.co.uk retrieved 2009-09-26
  23. ^ 'Rusty van link' in hunt for missing chef Claudia Lawrence mirror.co.uk retrieved 2009-11-15
  24. ^ "York district searched in Claudia Lawrence inquiry". BBC News Online. BBC. 24 March 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/8585832.stm. Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  25. ^ "Family hope over new Claudia Lawrence search". BBC News Online. BBC. 25 March 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/8587195.stm. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  26. ^ "No leads from Claudia Lawrence searches in York". BBC News Online. BBC. 26 March 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/north_yorkshire/8590067.stm. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 
  27. ^ "Police searching for missing architect Jo Yeates discover a woman's body close to golf course". Daily Mail. 25 December 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341520/Missing-architect-Jo-Yeates-Police-womans-body.html. Retrieved 26 December 2010. 
  28. ^ "Claudia's dad - My torment over Joanna Yeats case". Yorkshire Post. 10 January 2011. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/Claudias-dad--My-torment.6685576.jp. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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