THE father of missing Claudia Lawrence, who received an OBE for services to the families of missing persons last Wednesday, remains hopeful he will get closure on his daughter’s disappearance.

Ms Lawrence went missing on her way to work at the University of York in March 2009, and despite an extensive police investigation nobody has been charged in connection with her disappearance.

Her father, Peter Lawrence, 72, received his OBE at Buckingham Palace following his campaign for the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill, also known as Claudia’s Law, which was passed in April 2017.

The law, which applies to England and Wales, allows families of people missing for more than 90-days to deal with their administrative affairs.

Reflecting on the period of almost a decade since his daughter went missing, Mr Lawrence said: “It’s one of these peculiar things that sometimes it feels like yesterday, and sometimes it feels much more like 10 years.

“She was relatively young. She was 35 when she went missing. So she would now be a completely different person anyway, so we’ve missed all that time.”

He added: “Whatever that closure is, you always hope for closure. Good or bad. You need closure.”

He said he is hopeful he will get closure in some form.

“The police are absolutely convinced that Claudia was murdered,” he added.

“And if she was, we just need to know.

“We need to know where she is. Because its this closure, good or bad, you’ve got to have it.”

Mr Lawrence said he used to see his daughter regularly, going for drinks and meals.

“That suddenly is missing from your life,” he said.

Reflecting on the honour he received from the Duke of Cambridge, Mr Lawrence said: “When the letter came it was a complete shock, a nice shock obviously.

“I wasn’t expecting any sort of recognition. That’s not what you do it for, is it?”