'We want her home': Daughters of missing mum Gaynor Lord appeal for public help as police find clothes and rings

12 December 2023, 20:46 | Updated: 14 December 2023, 07:45

Gaynor Lord has been missing since Friday
Gaynor Lord has been missing since Friday. Picture: Alamy/Norfolk Police

By Christian Oliver

The daughters of Gaynor Lord, who went missing last week after leaving work early, have called on the public to help find their mother.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

"We want her home," the family said following an intense search over four days for the mother-of-three.

Ms Lord, 55, went missing after leaving her shift at a Norwich city centre department store on Friday last week.

On Facebook, daughter Alexandra Lord reposted various appeals by Norfolk Police asking the public for information. She called on people to "please share" and asked if "anyone knows anything please do contact the police".

Above another police appeal, Alexandra wrote: 'Anything you may know small or large please contact the police!'

Ms Lord's other daughter Charlotte also reposted the police appeals on Facebook.

It comes after police divers conducted searches in Wensum Park in a nearby river where they discovered her coat. They also found items over her clothes, two rings, her mobile phone, and her glasses.

Police said Ms Lord ‘most likely entered water’ as they continue to investigate the mother’s whereabouts.

Ms Lord 'most likely entered the water', police said.
Ms Lord 'most likely entered the water', police said. Picture: Norfolk Police

Read more: Turkish Super Lig referee recovers in hospital in neck brace after he was punched by club president after league match

Read more: Child killer Lucy Letby issues new statement maintaining innocence but 'does not oppose' bid to ban her from nursing

On Monday, three days after Ms Lord went missing, Norfolk Fire and Rescue's water team entered the River Wensum, which runs through Wensum Park.

They are being assisted by the force’s Marine Unit and the Coastguard.

Ms Lord was last seen at 2:35pm on Friday walking along London Street after she left her job at a department store in Norwich before her 4pm finish time.

In an update issued on Tuesday, police said “the most likely scenario is that Gaynor has entered the water” as they continue their search.

The force said: “Police believe the most likely scenario is that Gaynor has entered the water, and due to the location of where Gaynor’s clothing and possessions were found, this has been an area of focus”.

Norwich Policing Commander, Superintendent Wes Hornigold, said: “Gaynor left work early and didn’t take her normal route home. We haven’t been able to establish why she left early and her disappearance is out of character so we are naturally concerned for her welfare."

He continued: “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 she has entered the water.

“We’ve been liaising with the National Crime Agency (NCA) who have given advice around specialist underwater dive teams and we’re seeking assistance from forces with this capability. We hope resources will be on the ground later today or tomorrow.

“This is clearly a distressing time for her family. We have specialist officers supporting them and continue to keep them updated of our ongoing work.”

Officers are also investigating a five-and-a-half hour gap between when Ms Lord, 55, was last seen leaving work and when her belongings were found.

A member of the public contacted police shortly after 8pm on the same day the mother-of-three went missing, confirming they had found the mother’s possessions in Wensum Park.

The force has appealed for dashcam and doorbell footage in the area to help piece together what happened in the five-hour window.

Ms Lord is described as being white, 5ft 6ins tall, and was wearing a white shirt and yellow tank top with an olive-coloured coat when she went missing.

She has blonde shoulder-length hair in a bob, police added.

Police are scouring Wensum Park.
Police are scouring Wensum Park. Picture: Alamy

Police said they would like to hear from anyone who may have seen her since she was reported missing. She was last seen in Norwich City Centre on Friday.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: "Gaynor Lord, 55, was last seen in the city centre on London Street at 2.35pm, heading towards Norwich Cathedral.

"She hasn’t been seen or heard from since. It was established she’d gone missing after items belonging to her, including clothing and jewellery, were found in Wensum Park on Friday by a member of the public who reported the discovery to police.

"Officers were able to identify Gaynor from these belongings and establish she had failed to return home from work that evening.

"Other items, including Gaynor’s mobile phone, have since been discovered in the park and as a result, the park has been closed and a police cordon remains in place today while searches continue by specialist officers."

Norwich commander superintendent Wes Hornigold added: “We are concerned for Gaynor’s welfare and would like to hear from anyone who may have seen her on Friday afternoon when we believe she would have been travelling on foot.

'Following the discovery of her belongings, our search activity is focused on Wensum Park which has been closed to the public to allow us to do this and is likely to be closed for the rest of the day.”

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

A missing American tourist has been found dead on a beach on a small Greek island west of Corfu, local media reports

American tourist who went missing on hike found dead on Greek island days after death of Dr Michael Mosley

Joshua Merchan-Nicholls

Would-be pilot needs £106,000 for flight training after losing funding when company that backed him shut

Alan won eight League titles and three European Cups with Liverpool

Alan Hansen ‘on the mend’ and sounding ‘fabulous’ says his friend Graeme Souness

French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet was one of the five passengers on board Titan

Daughter of 'Mr Titanic' killed in Titan tragedy pays tribute to father one year on from disaster


Greek coastguard caused dozens of deaths in Mediterranean - including nine who were deliberately thrown in water, investigation finds

Police rammed the cow

New ‘heartbreaking’ videos show close up of ‘3rd or 4th attempt’ as police ram 4x4 into terrified cow

Mr Shapps told LBC the Tories are 'underdogs'

Defence secretary says Tories are the ‘underdogs’ with weeks to go until General Election

Grant StClair-Armstrong says he was forced to stand down by the Reform UK party

Reform UK candidate resigns after blog posts calling for people to vote for British National Party emerge

THIS! has issued a recall notice to customers over its vegan chicken and bacon wrap which is sold at WHSmith

Third company recalls popular food product as a 'precautionary measure' due to possible E. coli contamination

An 84-year-old woman died a day after being admitted to hospital on Friday

Two die as ‘record-breaking’ 40C heatwave grips Greece, Cyprus and Turkey with red alert issued

The boy was killed in the incident in Carlton-in-Lindrick, near Worksop

Two men arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after 16-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree


General Election LIVE: Reform to launch 'contract' today, Labour seek closer trade ties with EU

Global confirms biggest ever Election coverage plans with Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer to take listeners' calls

Global confirms biggest ever Election coverage plans with Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer to take listeners' calls

A father was fined for taking his daughter out of school to attend D-Day commemorations

Father fined for taking daughter, 14, out of school to mark D-Day commemorations in France

Barack Obama grabs Joe BIden by the sleeve before walking with him off stage

US President Joe Biden, 81, appears to freeze again before Barack Obama ushers him off stage

Weather maps are turning red as a wave of heat makes a beeline for the UK, with temperatures set to soar across the country.

UK weather maps heat up as exact date 'North African plume' will see temperatures to hit 29C revealed