Police recover unidentified body from River Ouse near York

First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A POLICE force searching a river for missing man Chris Baker has recovered another person’s body from the riverbank.

Officers have today (Monday, January 14) resumed their underwater search for missing York accountant Chris Baker, 29, who went missing before Christmas.

He was last seen jumping over the wall of Skeldergate Bridge into Castle Gardens, opposite Clifford’s Tower, at 7.15am on December 20 after abandoning his car on the city centre bridge.

It is believed he was driving to his job as an accountant for the City Healthcare Partnership at Hull Royal Infirmary.

But yesterday (Sunday, January 13), a day before the underwater search for Mr Baker was resumed in the River Ouse, police pulled a body from a muddy riverbank at Acaster Malbis.

It was spotted by a member of the public walking in the area.

North Yorkshire Police say the body is not that of Chris Baker, but they have not yet been able to identify the remains.

They say they are looking into whether the person may be from outside the area, or entered the water downstream of North Yorkshire and was carried upstream by tidal currents which affect the River Ouse.

The body has now been taken to York Hospital and police will continue their enquiries to establish the body's identify.

This will include speaking to neighbouring police forces. At 11am this morning, police divers resumed their search of the river in the snow.

Searches of the river have previously taken place, but have been hampered by high water levels following recent heavy rain.

Officers from the Regional Underwater Search Unit will today focus on the Skeldergate area.

Anybody who has information about Mr Baker's disappearance should phone North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option two and ask for the force control room.

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