15 July 2024

Underwater Search Continues for Missing Norwich Woman as CCTV Released

Gaynor Lord (Source: Norfolk Police)

Gaynor Lord (Source: Norfolk Police)

Gaynor Lord, 55, was last seen on Friday. Specialist underwater search teams from Lincolnshire Police are searching the River Wensum, where her coat has been found.

Police investigating the disappearance of Gaynor Lord in Norwich have also shared the CCTV footage of her last known movements. The released CCTV footage captures Lord leaving her job as a retail assistant at Bullards Spirits in Jarrolds department store earlier than scheduled, at 2:45 pm. The footage depicts her movements around Queen Street, St George’s Street, St Crispins Road towards Pitt Street, and finally up St Augustines Street at 4:01 pm, marking the last sighting of her on CCTV.

Lord’s personal items, including clothing, a mobile phone, glasses, and jewelry, were found scattered in Wensum Park by a member of the public on Friday evening. The police identified the items as Lord’s belongings using her ID found in her bag, after discovering she hadn’t returned home. With her green coat found in the river, it is now believed she may have entered the river at that location.

Appeal for Witnesses

Superintendent Wes Hornigold, Norwich policing commander, stated, “Today we are releasing the footage of Gaynor’s last known steps on Friday afternoon before she went missing. We hope this will help to jog the memory of anyone who may have seen her in the city that afternoon or who may have footage of her journey.

“We are particularly keen on hearing from anyone who may have seen Gaynor in the cathedral grounds which she enters at 2.50pm and leaves at 3.23pm. It’s not clear where she goes inside the cathedral grounds during this time so we’re keen to hear from anyone who may have seen her there.

“We are continuing our extensive searches but would appeal to the public to come forward with any information which may help to find Gaynor. In the footage you can clearly see what she was wearing when she went missing. “This is a particularly stressful time for her family and specialist officers continue to provide support.”

A member of the public described seeing someone fitting Lord’s description performing what looked like a ‘yoga pose’ at the park on Friday evening, but it cannot be confirmed whether it was her. While her disappearance has been described as “very out of character”, police officers do not believe that there is a third party involved at this time.

 

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