Friends and family of missing chef
have held a candlelit
vigil to mark her 37th birthday - as detectives admit they are no closer
to finding her
Claudia Lawrence has been missing since March 2009
The service at York
Minster was also attended by
Kate McCann, whose daughter
vanished on holiday in May 2007.
father Peter said the ceremony at York Minster was an opportunity to
remember all those affected by the "continuing tragedy" of a missing
Mr Lawrence led a
procession from Mansion House, St Helen's Square, to the West Doors of
the Minster for a Vigil for the Missing at the high altar, where candles
He was joined by the
Archbishop of York and the Dean of York for the short service
Claudia's father Peter has searched tirelessly for his
solicitor said: "This continues to be a tragedy for all of us who care
about and love Claudia."
His friend Martin
Dales said the vigil was a chance for people to mark Miss Lawrence's
He said: "It
certainly does not get any easier and every birthday or Christmas is an
extremely tough time for everyone who loves Claudia."
Police have said investigators are no closer to finding out what has
happened to the York University chef.
She has been missing
since March 18, 2009.
Kate McCann also attended the service
in the murder inquiry have said that Miss Lawrence's tangled love life,
including affairs with married men, has been one of the biggest
A North Yorkshire
Police spokesman said today: "The investigation into the disappearance
of Claudia Lawrence is still continuing, although there have been no
"We would ask anyone
with information to contact us."