THE father of missing chef Claudia Lawrence has spoken of his continued anguish today on the 11th anniversary of his daughter's disappearance.

Retired solicitor Peter Lawrence revealed how the pain of not knowing what has happened to her "eats into" him.

The 73-year-old had to cancel a planned press conference in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and instead made his appeal for information from his home in York.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen on CCTV on her way home from work on March 18, 2009. She was then 35-years-old.

She failed to turn up for work at the University of York the next day for her 6am shift.

Devastated dad Peter said: "I think about Claudia every day. It never goes away.

"I never thought this would get to 11 years, I'd have never believed we would be here, but unfortunately we are.

"It's the not knowing that's the worst part, it eats into you, the not knowing what's happened.

"Claudia would be 46 now. She would be a very different woman to the single gadabout she was as a 35-year-old.

"My own thoughts always come back to that she was probably abducted on her way to work."

The investigation into her death at one point led to police looking into whether killer Christopher Halliwell, who is currently serving life in jail for killing Sian O’Callaghan, 22, and Becky ­Godden, 20, was involved in her disappearance.

"But the police looked into his movements and he wasn't in York at that time," said Peter.

Other theories have included her flitting off to Cyprus or that she disappeared after she arrived home that night.

Peter said: "There was no scene of struggle at the house, people have dug it up and they have checked for DNA twice, nothing can have happened at the house.

"It is unthinkable that she would have just gone off, to not keep in touch with her family.

"She had spoken to us on the last day she was seen and we had arrangements to see her. She just wasn't like that.

"As always I would like to plead to whoever knows what happened, whether they are responsible or not, to tell police or Crimestoppers - the family need to know."