Mother-of-two, Nicola Bulley, went missing on her way back from dropping her kids off at school. She was walking her dog, Willow, on a towpath near the River Wyre, where she eventually went missing.
She was sighted on several occasions during the journey and in a Team’s call for around 30 minutes as she walked.
However, shortly after the call ended – her phone and dog were found at a bench, with Bulley nowhere in sight.
Lancashire Police provided the following description and picture of Nicola Bulley:
Nicola is white, 5ft 3ins tall, with light brown shoulder-length hair. She speaks with an Essex accent. She was last seen wearing a long black gilet jacket with a hood, black jeans and olive-green ankle wellies. Her hair was tied into a ponytail.
The Lancashire Police have been searching the river, stating that the riverbanks are unstable due to recent rainfall. However, no body has been found.
Many questions have been left unanswered by Lancashire Police, specifically as to why they believe she would’ve left her phone on and dog near the bench, only to get close enough to the river to fall in.
The family of Bulley have already come to the assumption/conclusion that Nicola has been taken.
Nonetheless, here is the most recent statement by Supt Sally Riley:
“We know that Nicola going missing has caused a great deal of concern for the wider local community, as well as obviously being an awful time for her family.
“This remains a missing person inquiry and at this time there is nothing to suggest any third-party involvement in Nicola’s disappearance.
“I appreciate that there are unanswered questions about what has happened to Nicola, but I would urge people not to speculate or spread false rumours. We will share updates when we can, but we must be factual.
“Nicola’s family are being kept up to date with events and are being supported by officers.
“We are really grateful for the community’s help and co-operation so far, but I’d like to stress again parts of the riverbank are treacherous, especially after the recent rain, and we would ask that nobody puts themselves in danger and that the police and partner agencies’ efforts to find Nicola are not compromised.”
If you’ve seen Nicola since she went missing on January 27th, please call 101 quoting log 565 of January 30th.
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