Gaynor Lord's husband is 'in bits' says her-sister-in law

Gaynor Lord’s husband is ‘in bits’ says her-sister-in law as family says they are all hoping missing mother-of-three is found safe and well

  • Gaynor Lord, 55, was last seen on Friday after she left work early in Norwich
  • Husband Clive Lord, 63, is ‘in bits’, her sister-in-law Susan Sinclair has revealed
  • Follow MailOnline’s liveblog for all the latest updates on missing Gaynor Lord 

Gaynor Lord’s husband is ‘in bits’ says her sister-in-law today as her family says they are all hoping the missing mother-of-three is found safe and well.

The 55-year-old disappeared six days ago last Friday after she left work early in Norwich. 

Gaynor’s husband Clive Lord, 63, is said to be ‘in bits’, her sister-in-law Susan Sinclair told The Sun, with them all hoping she will be found ‘safe and well’.

‘Clive is in bits, obviously, but he’s got his two daughters there supporting him, she said.

‘Our other brother Simon, like me, is just hoping for good news. We’re all just very shocked.

‘There’s nothing we can do at the moment except hope that she’s found safe and well.’

  • Mrs Lord’s family criticised internet ghouls for speculating over the case;
  • She may have met a mystery person at the cathedral before vanishing; and
  • Police released CCTV of her smiling as she left work at a department store.

Gaynor Lord was last seen on Friday afternoon as she left work early from Norwich city centre

FRIDAY 2.44pm – CCTV issued by Norfolk Police of missing Gaynor Lord leaving work at the Bullards Gin counter in the basement at Jarrold department store in Norwich on December 8

It follows her stepbrother Allan Weston making an appeal for anyone with information to come forward, six days after the 55-year-old was last seen on Friday after she left work early in Norwich.

As a major search led by Norfolk Police continued, Mr Weston told The Sun: ‘We just hope she comes back safe. If anyone does know anything please come forward.

‘It’s been a few days now since she went missing so we are very worried. This is proper out of character. She has never gone missing or anything like that before.’

As officers continued to search on land and water, other developments included:

It comes as a witness who allegedly saw Mrs Lord shortly before she vanished has revealed she saw her put her coat on the ground of a park and perform a yoga pose.

Rosie Richards said she saw a woman fitting Mrs Lord’s description at Wensum Park in Norwich last Friday afternoon and described her as appearing ‘quite calm’. 

But the witness, who lives nearby, claimed something ‘just seemed a bit off’ because it was getting dark at the time around 4pm. Mrs Lord’s personal effects were later found at the park and her coat was in the River Wensum, which runs through it. 

Police crews are seen continuing to search the River Wensum at Wensum Park in Norwich

Rosie Richards said she saw a woman fitting Mrs Lord’s description at Wensum Park in Norwich

This timeline shows what we know so far about how Gaynor Lord’s disappearance unfolded

Gaynor Lord’s stepbrother Allan Weston (pictured) today revealed her family were ‘very worried’ following her disappearance which he said was ‘proper out of character’ 

Ms Richards told ITV ‘s Good Morning Britain : ‘To me she seemed quite calm. She was sort of putting her coat down on the floor and sort of performing a yoga pose. It just seemed a bit off at this time because obviously it was starting to get dark.’

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She added: ‘It’s really upsetting. I’m thinking of her friends and family because she is a similar age to my mum and that would be awful to be going through what they are going through now.’

Another witness saw a woman who could have been twice-married Mrs Lord in the park at around 4pm. They said she ‘removed her coat and performed a yoga pose’.

It comes as the mystery of mother-of-three Mrs Lord deepened after newly released CCTV footage showed her smiling at work – moments before she was seen running through nearby streets.

Mrs Lord left a department store in Norwich on Friday afternoon but never made it home.

Her coat was found in the river running through the park a mile away five hours later, while other belongings – including two rings, her mobile and clothing – were strewn on the ground nearby.

FRIDAY 2.47pm – Gaynor Lord is seen in Norwich walking along London Street past Cosy Club 

FRIDAY 2.48pm – Gaynor Lord makes her way onto Queens Street before crossing into Tombland and walking towards Norwich Cathedral 

FRIDAY 3.22pm – Gaynor Lord is seen leaving the Cathedral grounds about 30 minutes later. At 3.49pm she is spotted on CCTV near the Playhouse on St George’s Street before walking along St Crispins Road towards Pitt Street. At 4.01pm she walks up St Augustines Street 

The discovery sparked a huge police search on land and water.

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Norfolk Police issued CCTV footage yesterday which showed her smiling and clutching her brown handbag at the concession she worked in at Jarrolds department store. She was wearing a yellow tank top over a white shirt.

She left at 2.45pm – 75 minutes before the end of her shift – and was seen running along a street with her olive-coloured coat over her left arm moments later.

Mrs Lord then dashed through moving traffic on a main road in the direction of the city’s Anglican cathedral. She left the grounds 30 minutes later, again appearing to be in a hurry, putting her coat on as she marched away.

The last sighting of her on camera was at 4.01pm.

Superintendent Wes Hornigold said: ‘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.’

Officers at the scene of the search at Wensum Park in Norwich after Mrs Lord went missing 

Superintendent Wes Hornigold of Norfolk Police said the force was releasing CCTV footage in an attempt to ‘jog the memory of anyone who may have seen her in the city that afternoon’

He added: ‘This is a particularly stressful time for her family and specialist officers continue to provide support.’

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Mrs Lord’s personal effects were found at Wensum Park, a mile from the department store. Her coat was in the river Wensum.

Graham Usher, the Bishop of Norwich, said on X today: ‘Prayers offered here for the safety of missing Norwich woman Gaynor Lord, for her family and friends, and the emergency services who are searching for her.

‘If you saw her in the Cathedral Close, or have any information, please contact Norfolk Police.’

Mrs Lord’s husband Clive, 63, a financial adviser, has not commented on the case.

Police say the ‘most likely scenario’ is that Mrs Lord ended up in the river. Specialist divers were brought in from Lincolnshire Police yesterday, along with advanced sonar equipment.

Norfolk Police’s own marine unit, Norfolk Fire and Rescue and the Coastguard were already involved in the search.

Officers are examining Mrs Lord’s phone to see if it holds clues to her state of mind. They want to know why she left work early and why she took a route which was not her normal one home.

Police divers search the river yesterday and use sonar at Wensum Park in Norwich

A police drone at Wensum Park searching for Gaynor Lord earlier this week

Mr Hornigold – who has said there is no evidence of anyone else being involved – said: ‘There’s no evidence that Gaynor has come to harm and, while we have a number of enquiries ongoing, given where her clothing was found and other items, there is a real possibility that she has entered the water.’

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He said that his officers are ‘linking in’ with detectives from Lancashire Constabulary who led to the search for missing mother Nicola Bulley.

Ms Bulley disappeared after dropping her two daughters at school in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, on January 27.

Her body was found in the River Wyre on February 19, about a mile from where she vanished while walking her dog.

The Lancashire force was criticised over its handling of the investigation and the disclosure of Ms Bulley’s personal information.

An inquest concluded Ms Bulley’s death was accidental, that she fell into the river on the day she disappeared and died almost immediately in the cold water.

Mr Hornigold told LBC: ‘We will absolutely – and have done – be linking in with Lancashire Constabulary to understand any of the lessons learned from that inquiry.

‘We’ve already had meetings with the National Crime Agency in terms of understanding any specific skills and knowledge in respect to water searching.’

He added: ‘We’re cognisant of the recent College of Policing report into the Lancashire inquiry, so we’re leaving no stone unturned and making sure we’re doing everything within our power to find Gaynor as quickly as possible.’

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