DIVERS searching for Gaynor Lord have revealed the "biggest problem" they face in bone-chilling water with zero visibility and endless debris.
The search for the missing Norwich mum has entered its second week.
Underwater searches are continuing in the River Wensum, where Gaynor's coat was found floating on Friday night.
Last night Chief Superintendent Dave Buckley said: "We have been speaking to the dive team on site.
"Visibility in the River Wensum is between zero and one foot underwater with temperatures as low as 4 degrees C.
"As soon as you reach one foot in front of you, visibility goes.
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"Then there’s obviously leaves, branches, debris, and the flow of the river to contend with.
"That is the biggest problem because there’s been so much rainfall."
He added: "They’re swimming against the flow of the river, which is very difficult.
"They are searching with next to zero visibility, and in a systematic manner.
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"It’s very time consuming because it’s a large area to search and we must make sure we covered every feasible inch of water."
Mum-of-three Gaynor's possessions were found in Wensum Park after she went missing on Friday afternoon.
The 55-year-old was identified by an ID found in her handbag at the scene.
Cops have released CCTV footage showing Gaynor's last movements in Norwich city centre before she vanished.
Chief Superintendent Buckley said: "Our approach has been to conduct thorough and systematic searches of the area.
"This resulted in further items belonging to Gaynor being found over the weekend, her mobile phone, coat, ring, and glasses.
"We’ve received 30 calls so far in response to our appeal yesterday and we’re grateful for the public’s help.
"While this information is still being assessed, currently there is nothing of significance that changes our approach.
He added: "This remains a missing person investigation.
"Every effort continues to find Gaynor, including tracing her final movements in the city centre."
Officers have gained access to Gaynor's mobile phone and were last night searching it for clues.
They also do not believe Gaynor had met anyone at Norwich Cathedral, and they do not know if she is religious.
Buckley said: "There is nothing to suggest from that period of time that she's in the cathedral, that she's had any contact with a third person."
He continued: "Anybody who's missing in these circumstances is vulnerable.
"In this particular case, we've got a lady whose disappearance is out of character, it's now been quite a considerable amount of time since she was seen alive. That makes her vulnerable."
Asked if there was anything happening in her personal life which would explain her going missing, Ch Supt Buckley said: "Not at the moment, no."
He added: "There's nothing that we've been able to establish that really gives us a clear position on her state of mind that I would feel any degree of confidence in saying what we think it is at the moment.
"I think we continue to talk to friends, family, anybody who can help us that we know she's had contact with."
He said Gaynor, as far as he knows, has not gone missing before.
"We've got some indications as to why she behaved the way in which she did, but what we're doing is we're just working backwards now to actually truly understand what may have taken place.
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"I think, just cautious of everything we know at the moment because clearly we've ended up in the situation that we have, which is not usual, is it.
"I don't think any of the conversations that we've had are completely informing us to why her state of mind has ended up to being what it was."
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