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Underwater Search For Missing York Man

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9:59am 29th December 2012

The search continues for mising York man Chris Baker - as underwater search teams struggle with the weather.

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.

Now, they're using Sonar equipment to search the river for clues, while the water levels are low enough, but they may only have until late tonight, as more wet weather is due to cause the river to rise again.

Chris 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.

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.

“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.”

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