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Lancashire Police find body in River Wyre

A body has been found in the search for Nicola Bulley after a search by divers less than a mile from where her last known location. Ms Bulley, 45, of Inskip in Lancashire, was 23 days ago, at about 9.15am on Friday, January 27, after setting out with her brown spaniel Willow after dropping her daughters, aged six and nine, at school.

The body has not yet been formally identified.

In a statment police said: “This morning, Sunday, 19 February, you may be aware of police activity around the river near to St Michaels. We want to provide you with an update on that activity.

“We were called today at 11:36am to reports of a body in the River Wyre, close to Rawcliffe Road.

“An underwater search team and specialist officers have subsequently attended the scene, entered the water and have sadly recovered a body.

“No formal identification has yet been carried out, so we are unable to say whether this is Nicola Bulley at this time.

Nicola Bulley

Nicola went missing while on a dog walk near her home (Image: Facebook/Dave Nelson)

Crime Scene Investigation van

Crime Scene Investigation van on the scene today (Image: Dave Nelson)

“Procedures to identify the body are on-going. We are currently treating the death as unexplained.

“Nicola’s family have been informed of developments and our thoughts are with them at this most difficult of times. We ask that their privacy is respected.”

The heartbreaking discovery comes after police closed off roads around a mile from where Ms Bulley disappeared.

A police helicopter and a drone were spotted flying overhead while divers were seen in the River Wyre. Soon after a Crime Scene Investigators van arrived on the scene and forensics tent erected.

Earlier, at about 1pm, two walkers contacted police to report what they believed was a body in the water.


Divers spotted entering the river

Divers spotted entering the river in search for missing Nicola Bulley (Image: Dave Nelson)

Earlier in the investigation Lancashire Police had said they did not believe any crime was committed and were treating the incident as a missing person inquiry.

It was also revealed that she had been dialled into a work conference at the time of her disappearance, with a passerby finding her phone.

Paul Ansell, Ms Bulley’s partner, said the family had been living in “perpetual hell” after his girlfriend’s disappearance.

He said on the seventh day of the search: “We’re never, ever going to lose hope, of course we’re not, but it is as though she has vanished into thin air. It’s just insane.”

Mr Ansell said the support from the community had given the family “a great amount of comfort”.

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