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Nicola Bulley detectives to hold press briefing after body found in search for missing mum | UK | News

Chief detectives behind the investigation into Nicola Bulley’s disappearance are set to hold a press conference today after a body was discovered.

Investigators are set to give an update on the case, 23 days after the mother-of-two vanished in St Michael’s on Wyre, Lancashire, on January 27, while walking her dog.

Yesterday a body, which has not yet been identified, was discovered in the reeds of the Wyre less than a mile from where she disappeared.

An already embattled police are now facing further criticism after the body was discovered by local walkers – despite three weeks of searching by officers.

Nikki’s partner Paul Ansell, 44, has revealed that he and the family are in “agony” as they wait to hear if the body is Ms Bulley.

The family is reportedly “in a lot of pain” and “incredibly heartbroken”. Formal identification is set to take several days.

Mr Ansell told Sky News: “No words right now, just agony. We’re all together, we have to be strong”.

Yesterday police were seen sealing off the area just down from the river where Nicola was last seen. Questions are already being asked of the police about how they failed to discover the body despite weeks of searching.

Former Scotland Yard Superintendent Nusrit Mehtab said: “If that is Nicola, then how did they miss that? Some serious questions need to be asked of Lancashire Police’s decision-making”.

While former Met Police commander John O’Connor told The Sun: “These search teams couldn’t find a currant in a rice pudding. I find it pathetic that a body has been found a mile from where she went missing.”

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