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Father of missing man makes emotional appeal

The father of a man who went missing after a night out in York has issued an emotional appeal for his safe return.

Rory Johnson-Hatfield Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Rory Johnson-Hatfield, 29, from Skipton was last seen three weeks ago in the City Mills area.

His family arranged additional searches of the River Ouse, with the York Rescue Boat, after police searches were suspended due to flooding.

Doug Hatfield said Rory's disappearance had "left a hole" in the family's heart.


CCTV images released in search for Rory Johnson

Police in York have released CCTV images as the search for missing Skipton man Rory Johnson continues.

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It is hoped the images will jog the memories of anyone who may have seen Rory in York in the early hours of Friday 20 November 2015.

The images show Rory in Tower Street, York at around 12.39am opposite Clifford’s Tower. A further sighting of Rory in the City Mills area at 12.47am has since been confirmed by family members.

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Officers are following a number of lines of investigation with the recent river searches being one of several.

We have now concluded very extensive searches of the river, both on the surface and using underwater sonar equipment. At present there is no reason to continue the search of the river, however, if further information allows us to target a specific location then searches would be resumed.

– Superintendent Adam Thomson, North Yorkshire Police

River searches for missing Rory Johnson postponed

North Yorkshire Police say that searches in York's River Ouse for missing man Rory Johnson have been postponed for today.

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The Regional Underwater Search Team based at Humberside Police have made a safety assessment of the river this morning.

Due to adverse weather conditions and the current level of the river, it has been decided that the river is not safe enough for searches to resume today.

An assessment will be made again tomorrow morning by the Underwater Search Team, to determine whether it is safe for searches to go ahead.

Rory's family have been made aware and are being supported by specialist police officers.

Searches continue in York for missing Rory

Rory Johnson hasn't been seen since Friday Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Searches will resume this morning in York's river Ouse for a man who has been missing for more than four days.

29-year-old Rory Johnson from Skipton was last seen heading to a bar during a night out in the early hours of Friday morning.

Teams have searched the river for the past three days looking for him.

Missing Rory Johnson: Timeline of events

Police searching for missing Rory Johnson in York have released future information about his disappearance.

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The 29-year-old from Skipton went missing on Thursday night, into Friday morning.

Here is a timeline of events as police understand them, leading to Mr Johnson's disappearance on the night

  • 11.30pm: Mr Johnson was at the The Postern Gate Wetherspoon pub - where he met someone (a hotel guest) and their father.
  • Midnight: Mr Johnson returned to Travelodge (York Central) with the two people he had met. Mr Johnson was staying the night there with his friend.
  • 12.15am: Mr Johnson left the hotel with one of the hotel guests he had met at the pub to go to another pub (unknown at this time).
  • 12.30am: Mr Johnson went missing. The person he had met assumed he had gone to the toilet or returned to the hotel.

Police divers and York boat rescue are extensively searching the River Ouse.


Search intensified for missing man in York

Police divers have intensified their search for Rory Johnson in York.

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The 29-year-old from Skipton was last seen on a night out in the early hours of Friday.

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York rescue boats have once again been combing the River Ouse and its banks this morning.

Posters have also been put up around York to appeal for information from the public.

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River search continues for missing man in York

A search of the River Ouse has been underway today for a man missing in York after a night out. Police divers and the York rescue boat have been combing the river and its banks for any sign of 29 year Rory Johnson. He'd been out drinking with friends in the city - but never made it back to his hotel. Katie Oscroft reports.

Search for man missing after night out in York

Concern is growing for for a 29-year-old man from Skipton who has been reported missing while on a night out in York.

It's feared Rory Johnson may have got into difficulty while walking near the River Ouse and the Humberside Police Underwater Search Unit is today carrying out searches in the City Mills and Skeldergate Bridge area.

Missing: Rory Johnson

Mr Johnson was last seen by his friend at 12.15am on Friday, November 20th when he left the York Central Travel Lodge on Piccadilly where they were staying the night.

He never returned to the hotel and failed to turn up for work in Skipton on Friday evening. His mobile phone is also going to answer phone and he has not been in contact with his family, which is out of character.

Extensive police enquiries are ongoing to trace Mr Johnson and to establish his movements on Thursday evening and into the early hours of Friday morning.

The two friends were in The Postern Gate Wetherspoon pub from around 11.30pm on Thursday, and Mr Johnson headed back out after returning to the nearby Travel Lodge for a short time at around midnight.

Mr Johnson is 5ft 6in tall, slim, with has short mousy-coloured hair. He was wearing a round-neck black top, blue jeans and white and navy trainers.

Anyone who remembers seeing him, or someone matching his description in York on Thursday evening or Friday is asked to get in touch with the police on 101, quoting reference number 12150207141.

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