CCTV images released showing last-known movements of Rory Johnson

One of the CCTV images showing Rory in Tower Street, York, opposite Clifford’s Tower. Photographs: North Yorkshire Police
27 Nov 2015 @ 5.19 pm
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Caught on CCTV, Rory Johnson makes his way through York city centre. The images are among the last-known sightings of the man who has now been missing for a week.

Police hope they will jog someone's memory
Police hope they will jog someone’s memory
Police investigating his disappearance hope the photos will jog the memories of anyone who may have seen Rory in York in the early hours of Friday November 20.

The pictures 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.

Officers are following a number of lines of investigation.

The river searches have now been called off for the time being.

‘Don’t close your minds’

The police and York Rescue Boat  on the riverbank earlier this week in the search for Rory
The police and York Rescue Boat on the riverbank earlier this week in the search for Rory

Superintendent Adam Thomson of North Yorkshire Police, said:

We must stress that the recent river searches are just one part of our enquiry and we ask people not to close their minds to other possibilities.

We have still not identified the last pub that Rory was in and are appealing to anyone who believes they may have seen him in the early hours of Friday 20 November, to please contact us.

We are also appealing to anyone who has private CCTV in the City Mills area that the police may not be aware of, to please contact the police.

3D sonar survey

Have you seen Rory?
Have you seen Rory?

Supt Thomson said the extensive work to search the River Ouse this week, both on the surface and using underwater sonar equipment, has been halted.

“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.”

The Regional Underwater Search Team used towed sonar equipment to check the river from just above the City Mills area where Rory was last seen, along the Ouse to Naburn Marina.

A detailed 3D sonar survey of the river bottom has also been carried out in the area from City Mills to beyond Skeldergate Bridge.

Extensive foot searches along the river banks and water surface searches have also been carried out as far as Millennium Gardens with assistance from York Rescue Boat.

Fellow hotel guest traced

The Postern Gate pub next door to the York Central Travelodge on Piccadilly. Photograph © Google Street View
The Postern Gate pub next door to the York Central Travelodge on Piccadilly. Photograph © Google Street View

Rory’s family continue to be supported by specialist police officers at this very distressing time. ​

To recap, the 29-year-old from Skipton was last seen by the friend he travelled to York with at 12.15am on Friday 20 November 2015, when Rory left the York Central Travelodge on Piccadilly where they were staying the night.

It has been established that Rory went to a nearby pub with a fellow hotel guest having earlier met him and his father in the Postern Gate Wetherspoon pub at around 11.30pm on Thursday.

Enquiries indicate that Rory left the pub at about 12.30am. The other man had assumed he had gone to the toilet or returned to the hotel.

Police Scotland have assisted North Yorkshire Police in pursuing this line of enquiry and the man has been identified. He returned to York in order to help reconstruct his movements with Rory.