Gaynor Lord: Body found in river confirmed as missing mother

Gaynor Lord
Gaynor Lord was last seen on CCTV just after 4pm
Norfolk Constabulary
George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 18/12/2023

- 14:58

Updated: 20/12/2023

- 19:11

The Norwich mother went missing on December 8

Additional reporting by Theo Chikomba

Norfolk Police have confirmed that the body of a woman found in the River Wensum in Norwich on Friday, December 15 has been formally identified as Gaynor Lord, a week after Mrs Lord had disappeared.

The 55-year-old mother of three, Gaynor, went missing on Friday, December 8 after she had left work early and later than evening her belongings were found in Wensum Park.

Extensive searches took place last week and on Friday morning (December 15) specialist underwater teams discovered Gaynor’s body.

She had been last seen on CCTV walking along St Augustine’s street in Norwich, at 4:01pm on Friday December 8, having left work early at Jarrold’s department store in Norwich City Centre.

Gaynor Lord

Gaynor Lord

Handout/ Norfolk Constabulary

A number of her belongings including her clothes, mobile phone, jewellery, glasses, two rings were found in various parts of Wensum Park.

Her coat was found in the river that runs through the park.

Floral tributes to Gaynor Lord were laid near the gates of Wensum park on Friday after the police confirmed a body was found.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Saturday (16 December) found no indications of third-party involvement and the death is not being treated as suspicious.

The Home Office Pathologist is currently waiting for the results of the toxicology before formally confirming the cause of death, although early indications are consistent with drowning.

Norfolk Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Gaynor’s disappearance and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

More to come...

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