River searches now planned to find missing York man


Chris-BakerYork police have renewed their appeal for witnesses as they continue to search for a missing man.

Chris Baker, aged 29, of Albemarle Road, disappeared in unusual circumstances on Thursday 20 December 2012.

Chris was driving to work as an accountant for the City Healthcare Partnership at Hull Royal Infirmary when he suddenly abandoned his grey Renault Megane on Skledergate Bridge in York city centre at around 7.15am.

He then gestured to a woman in the car behind him before jumping over the wall of Skeldergate Bridge into Tower Gardens, on the banks of the River Ouse. He has not been seen since.

Officers have been making enquiries in an effort to locate Chris since his disappearance but, unfortunately, their search has been hampered by the high river levels around and around York.

He is described as white, around 5ft 9in tall, with a slim build and curly, dark brown hair. He was wearing a striped work shirt when he was last seen.

It is hoped, however, that police search teams will be able to begin searching the River Ouse and the surrounding area tomorrow (28 January 2012).

Chief Inspector Mike Walker, of North Yorkshire Police, said:

We have been searching for Chris for over a week now but our efforts have been held back by the flood waters in and around the River Ouse.

We are hoping that the water levels have subsided enough to carry out a search of the river and the surrounding areas, as this is an important aspect of the investigation to locate Chris.

In addition to our ongoing searches it is very important that anyone who saw Chris in the area of Skeldergate Bridge around the time he went missing, gets in touch as soon as possible.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Please quote reference number 12120213721 when passing information about this incident.


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