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Underwater team due to join York police search for missing Burry Port man Chris Baker

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 29, 2012

By Rachel Moses-Lloyd

  • Chris Baker pictured with his wife Megan

  • Chris Baker

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A SPECIALIST under- water team has joined the search for a missing Burry Port man in York.

North Yorkshire Police have renewed their appeal for information after Chris Baker, 29, and originally from Carmarthenshire, went missing just days before Christmas.

Mr Baker, who had moved to the Southbank area of York six months ago with his wife Megan, was last seen at 7.15am on Thursday, December 21.

A regional underwater search team, staffed by officers from Humberside Police's marine unit, was searching the River Ouse between Ouse Bridge and Skeldergate Bridge in the city yesterday.

The operation was a preliminary search.

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

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.

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

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 with information can contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, selecting option 1, to pass details on to the force control room, under reference number 12120213721.

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